Kaizer Chiefs youth and Reserve teams’ goalkeeper coach Rory Minnaar travelled on Tuesday with Banyana Banyana to Japan for a friendly game to be played between the South African Women’s National team and the 2011 FIFA WWC winners, the Japanese Women’s National team on the 10th of November. The South African women’s team will come face to face with Japan at the Mikuni World Stadium Kitakyushu, in Kitakyushu on Sunday.
Minnaar was pleased to have received the call up to assist the national women’s team and spoke of the honour of being able to travel to the country which just saw the Springboks crowned Rugby World Champions this past Saturday.
“Being called up to Banyana Banyana for the international friendly against Japan is a big milestone for me in my coaching career,” intoned Minnaar before adding on that he is happy to be making a contribution towards enhancing the women’s game in the country. “It is important for me to contribute to Women’s Football as it is still growing, as we strive towards competing with the top nations in the Women’s game globally.”
First team Chiefs goalkeeper coach Lee Baxter wished Minnaar well on his adventure with Banyana Banyana. He said: “It will be a good experience for Rory in Japan he will be able to learn a lot and equally contribute to the team’s success.”