The squad lost 4-2 in a practice match against the SAFA School of Excellence U16 team on Wednesday (18 June) at the Bedfordview FC grounds.
Pauw is impressed with the team’s progress thus far, as they aim to finish in the top three teams at the AWC so as to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup scheduled for Canada.
“The aim of playing the match was for us to test our strength and our build-up going forward. I think we’ve made huge progress if I compare to the first time we played against the same team two months ago, and lost that game 4-0,” said Pauw.
“We only struggled later in the match, and they managed to score four goals, but we created different chances and scored two goals as well - that is a huge step for us.”
“The girls have improved a lot from the last time we played against them, they are better organised and defend very well. They are more dynamic when going forward and physically strong,” said Mojalefa Mathebula, SAFA School of Excellence U16 coach.
“I am confident that the girls will do well at the African Women’s Championships. What impressed me the most was their technical ability. They are more vigorous, their first touches are impressive and their ability to play accurate long diagonal balls is outstanding,” concluded Mathebula.