Banyana Banyana Women’s World Cup 2023 Odds

Banyana Banyana Women’s World Cup 2023 Odds
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Discover South Africa's odds in the Women's World Cup and their journey to qualify for the tournament.

The South Africa women's national team, also known as Banyana Banyana, is gearing up for the upcoming Women's World Cup with hopes of improving on their previous performance.

Led by head coach Desiree Ellis, they are determined to make their mark on the global stage and exceed expectations.

Ellis took over as interim manager in 2016 after Vera Pauw's resignation following the team's group stage exit at the 2016 Olympics.

She was subsequently appointed head coach in February 2018, bringing stability and continuity to the team.

Under her guidance, South Africa secured their spot in the World Cup by winning the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations, demonstrating their potential to compete at the highest level.

However, South Africa's performance leading up to the tournament has been less than ideal.

With two defeats, one draw, and only one win in 2023, the team has struggled to find consistent form.

They have one friendly game remaining against Costa Rica before the World Cup begins, offering them a final opportunity to fine-tune their strategies and build momentum.

South Africa Odds in the Women's World Cup: A challenging journey ahead

As they enter Group G, South Africa faces tough competition. The group features heavyweights such as Sweden, Italy, and Argentina.

The odds reflect the challenge ahead, with South Africa priced at 66/1 to win the group and 14/1 to qualify.

It's undoubtedly an uphill battle, but football is known for its surprises, and Banyana Banyana will be hoping to defy the odds.

Group G Betting Odds

Sweden -600
Italy +550
Argentina +1600
South Africa +6600

Banyana Banyana Players to Watch Out for in Women's World Cup 2023

To achieve success, South Africa will rely on the skills and contributions of key players within their squad. Three players, in particular, have the potential to make a significant impact.

Hildah Magaia

Hildah Magaia, aged 28, is a talented striker who could play a pivotal role in South Africa's World Cup campaign.

Having scored decisive goals in important matches, including the winning goal against Nigeria's Super Falcons in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations, Magaia has proven her ability to perform under pressure.

Her recent achievements highlight her scoring prowess and ability to deliver when it matters most, making her a significant threat in front of goal.

Noko Matlou

Noko Matlou, aged 37, is a versatile player who can operate both as a striker and a defender. She has made a name for herself as a professional soccer player, currently representing Spanish Primera Federación side SD Eibar.

Matlou's experience and accolades, including being named African Women's Footballer of the Year in 2008, make her a vital asset for the team.

Refiloe Jane

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Refiloe Jane, known as ‘Fifinho,' is another player to watch out for in the South African squad. The 30-year-old midfielder plies her trade in the Italian Serie A with US Sassuolo.

With previous experience playing for Tshwane University of Technology and Canberra United in Australia's W-League, Jane brings valuable international exposure to the team.

Her skill, vision, and ability to control the midfield will be crucial in dictating play and creating scoring opportunities.

While South Africa face significant challenges in the Women's World Cup, the team possesses the talent and determination to show they belong at the highest level.

The odds may be stacked against them, considering their world ranking, but in football, anything is possible, and South Africa will be eager to showcase their potential and create their own Women's World Cup fairy tale.

This article was most recently revised and updated 5 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old football journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. The Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBallLive readers.