Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies scoring machine, Sanah ‘Diego’ Mollo, says she is looking forward to the 2012 London Olympics to be held in England later this month.
Mollo, one of the Sasol League’s most feared forwards, has been drafted into the Banyana Banyana squad that will represent South Africa at the Olympics games in London.
“I can’t wait to perform at the Olympics. I’m so much looking forward to the event. It is just unbelievable to me still that I will be going to England, but I feel proud at the same time. I hope we shall make the nation proud and happy by flying the country’s flag very high,” Mollo tells bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za.
Mollo admits that she did not expect a call-up to the Banyana Banyana squad going to the London Olympics.
“Honestly speaking the call-up caught me by surprise. Though I was hoping to form part of the Olympics team, I did not expect a call-up at all. There were a lot of good players who were called up to the team before the announcement was made and the competition was very tough. I feel so humbled to have made the final cut. I will repay the coach (Joseph Mkhonza) for the faith he has shown in me by scoring goals for the team in London,” she says confidently.
“We are mentally and psychologically ready for this event. Our preparations are going extremely well. We are jetting off to Germany on Friday as part of our final preparations for the Olympics games. We will be playing a number of friendlies over there before coming back home on July 17. The whole South African team will leave for London on July 20,” she adds.
“We are not going to London to represent ourselves, but the country. The fact that 48 million people will be behind us will serve as a big motivation for all of us. We will do our utmost to make them happy to be South Africans in this tournament. We cannot afford to disappoint,” she explains.
The winner of Players’ Player of the Tournament Award in the Sasol League National Championships which was held in Durban last week, says the experience Banyana have gained by playing against different African and European countries will help them a great deal in London.
“Our involvement with countries like Nigeria and playing in the World Cup has offered us valuable experience. It has also taught us how to handle pressure and adapt to different conditions.” Mollo concludes.