Banyana Banyana striker, Hildah Magaia, believes that the team’s unwavering resilience will be the defining characteristic that resonates far beyond the tournament’s conclusion.

As the countdown to the Women’s World Cup commences, Banyana’s intense preparations are in full swing in Wellington, New Zealand.

This marks their second participation in the esteemed tournament, and the South African side is leaving no stone unturned to ensure they make a resounding impact on the global stage.

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Following an awe-inspiring and successful journey in the CAF Women’s African Cup of Nations, Banyana is determined to maintain the exceptional standards they showcased in Morocco. The team is brimming with hope and ambition as they aim to surpass their previous achievements and make an even deeper impact in the upcoming World Cup.

In an interview with LimSportsZone, Magaia shared insights on the team’s adaptation process and highlighted the profound influence of being African Champions on their approach to the upcoming challenge.


The Limpopo-born striker was on target when Banyana beat Costa Rica 2-0 in a warm-up friendly match on Saturday morning. Thembi Kgatlane scored the other goal.

“We are pushing ourselves each and every day at practice. The coaches are ensuring that they are providing us with the tactics required for the task ahead,” she said/.

“Being the reigning African champions will help us in terms of boosting our confidence and believing that we can break through everything and every team we come across,

The 29-year-old striker also acknowledged the formidable challenge that awaits in the initial phase of the tournament.

How Hildah Magaia  wants Banyana Banyana to be remembered after the World Cup
Thembi Kgatlana

Recognizing the intensity of competition within group G, the African champions are fully aware of the tough battles they must navigate to progress further in the tournament.

“I think all teams will be challenging but Sweden will be the most challenging. And I look forward to playing against them because I once played in Sweden,”

In addition, she expressed her personal aspirations of performing at her best and making a notable impact as an individual player.

Moreover, she shared her collective hopes and aspirations for the entire team, aiming to achieve success together and make a lasting impression on the world stage.

“I want to perform well, and score goals for the team because if I do both, then it means the team will become victorious,”

“I also want Africa and the world to remember the resilient South African National Team that played in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the name behind my jersey.”

By Sinolwetu Tompela