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Banyana 'not far off' world's best, says Van Wyk

14 Jun 2019, 23:42 GMT+10

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A veteran member of the squad at the age of 32, Van Wyk added: "Of course you are disappointed with the results because any team here wants to win and progress to the next round and possibly lift the trophy, but for us we need to be a little bit realistic about things."

South Africa now face former winners Germany in a daunting encounter in Montpellier on Monday. With four third-placed teams from the six groups progressing to the last 16, they could theoretically still advance.

"We need to plan as if we are progressing to the next round, we can't be sitting back and saying it is over for us," insisted Van Wyk.

Goalkeeper Kaylin Swart struck a similar tone after coming into the side in place of the injured Andile Dlamini.

"We have done what we could. It wasn't enough but we keep going. We are not going to drop our heads now because the world is looking at us," she said.

"We didn't come here to make up the numbers, so hopefully everyone shakes this off."

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