WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
How Banyana Banyana reached new heights
No-one would have dared dream before the World Cup that the fairytale would last that long
One of the joys of sport is watching your team gain confidence. Such gains can be slow and cumulative, taking years, but sometimes they’re part of a hot streak, needing a string of only four or five matches.
In football, the rising barometer of confidence can happen over a whirlwind 90 minutes. A patchy first half is redeemed by a shot that hits the post, or a narrow miss. Added to a stern halftime pep talk, confidence leaps into the second-half frame...
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