2022年世界足球錦標賽:加特拉納樂於看到與尼日利亞的高調衝突

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2022年世界足球錦標賽:加特拉納樂於看到與尼日利亞的高調衝突

南非前鋒Thembi Kgatlana說,周一的女子非洲國家杯(WAFCON)與衛冕冠軍尼日利亞的比賽將為非洲的女子足球提供一個重要的推動力。

就像以前一樣,尼日利亞的超級獵鷹隊贏得了這場比賽,儘管需要通過點球大戰來實現,以獲得冠軍,這是她們的第九次總冠軍。

由於有許多明星出場,如尼日利亞的阿西薩特-奧索拉和效力於馬德里競技隊的Kgatlana,這位26歲的球員認為周一的比賽將是一場表演賽。

"Kgatlana告訴BBC非洲體育,"這對女足來說是好事,因為即使在非洲以外,我們也知道有很多人將會觀看這場比賽。

"我們在尼日利亞有很多球員在馬競和巴塞羅那踢球,在南非,我們有球員在AC米蘭和很多大聯盟踢球,所以它將會吸引很多人的注意。

"它將對女足產生良好的影響,不僅是在非洲,而且是在世界範圍內。我認為這正是我們非洲女足需要的。"

在2018年的WAFCON上,Kgatlana既是最佳射手又是最佳球員,這一年她被評為非洲足球年度最佳女球員,Kgatlana意識到周一的對手帶來的挑戰。

自1998年世界羽聯開始以來,尼日利亞已經贏得了創紀錄的9個冠軍,而南非已經輸掉了4場決賽--包括對超級獵鷹隊自己的兩場。

兩隊在2018年比賽的這個階段相遇,南非隊獲得了罕見的勝利,對手在加納首都阿克拉的決賽中獲得了復仇。

"這將是一個很大的咬合口,"當被問及南非是否能贏得它時,Kgatlana說。

"我們不能迴避尼日利亞是衛冕冠軍的事實,他們在這項賽事上有經驗。

"尼日利亞已經被證明是頂級球隊,除了南非,我不記得還有其他[非洲]國家能擊敗尼日利亞。

"要打第一場比賽,每個人都知道這將是一場備受矚目的比賽。"

去年在尼日利亞舉行的艾莎-布哈里杯上,南非隊對超級獵鷹隊造成了失敗,以4-2獲勝,這一結果可以增強球隊的信心,即使教練德西雷-埃利斯在周日說它算不上什麼時,淡化了它的重要性。

Kgatlana認為,西非人已經贏得了有史以來所有的WAFCONS比賽(2008年和2012年),他們已經從派遣許多球員參加17歲以下和20歲以下世界盃中受益。

"我認為如果很多國家能夠努力做到這一點,這種模式將是幫助高級球隊的完美模式。"

2019年,南非推出了一個新的女子聯賽--有一個主要贊助商--Kgatlana認為這將極大地培養她的國家的下一代足球運動員。

"有了這個聯賽對我們有幫助,因為我們之前的問題是,我們有幾個在歐洲踢球的球員--在頂級水平上踢球,所以精神上得到了鍛煉--但隨後的鬥爭是與本地球員的差距。

"本地球員沒有每天進行適當的訓練,沒有每周進行比賽,所以不知道在頂級水平上比賽需要什麼。

"對他們來說,現在有了聯賽,每周末都要去旅行,並把重點放在踢球上,這就培養了他們的心態--我不認為我們處在一個需要再害怕什麼的地方。"

"這是我對南非女足最有信心的一次。"


South Africa striker Thembi Kgatlana says Monday's Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) match against reigning champions Nigeria will provide a major boost for women's football in Africa.

As so often before, Nigeria's Super Falcons won that match, albeit needing a penalty shoot-out to do so, to clinch the title, their ninth overall.

With a host of stars in action, such as Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala and Kgatlana, who plays for Atletico Madrid, the 26-year-old believes Monday's match will be a showpiece event.

"It's good for women's football because even outside Africa, we know a lot of people are going to be watching that match," Kgatlana told BBC Sport Africa.

"We have a lot of players in Nigeria playing in Atleti and in Barcelona, and in South Africa we have players in AC Milan and in a lot of big leagues, so it's going to be attracting a lot of attention.

"It's going to create a good impact on women's football, not only in Africa, but in the world as well. I think that's what we need for African women's football."

Both top scorer and player of the tournament at the WAFCON in 2018, a year when she was named the African Football's women's player of the year, Kgatlana is aware of the challenge presented by Monday's opponents.

Nigeria have won a record nine titles since the WAFCON began in 1998, with South Africa having lost four finals - including two to the Super Falcons themselves.

The teams met at this stage of the 2018 tournament, with South Africa gaining a rare victory over their opponents, who gained revenge in the final in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

"It's going to be a big bite to chew," said Kgatlana when asked if South Africa can win it.

"We cannot avoid the fact that Nigeria are the reigning champions and they've experience when it comes to this tournament.

"Nigeria have proved to be the top team and I don't recall any other [African] country beating Nigeria, besides South Africa.

"To play the first match, everyone knows that that's going to be a highly-anticipated match."

South Africa inflicted defeat on the Super Falcons in last year's Aisha Buhari Cup in Nigeria, winning 4-2, in a result that can boost the team's confidence, even if coach Desiree Ellis played down its importance on Sunday when saying it counted for little.

Kgatlana believes that the West Africans, who have won all but two of the WAFCONS ever played (in 2008 and 2012), have benefited from sending many players to Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.

"I think if a lot of countries can work on doing this, this model would be the perfect one to help senior teams."

In 2019, South Africa launched a new women's league - with a major sponsor - which Kgatlana believes will greatly develop the next generation of footballers in her country.

"Having the league is helping us because the problem we had before was that we had a couple of players playing in Europe - playing at a top level and so being mentally-built - but then the struggle was the gap to the local players.

"The local based players did not have proper training every day, did not play week in week out, so didn't know what it takes to play at the top level.

"For them now to have the league to travel every weekend and put a lot of emphasis on playing football builds mentality - I don't think we are in a place where we need to fear anything more."

"This is the most confident I've been in women's football in South Africa."

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