By FOCUS REPORTER
THE South African National Under 17 Team (Bantwana) , maintained the brilliant form that the South African national teams have shown so far in the SAFA-FNB Lucas Radebe Football Festival that is currently underway at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Soweto campus.
The tournament is part of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and partners First National Bank (FNB)’s commitment to the development of young and aspiring footballers in the country both as a responsibility to the nation and also as part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy.
Bantwana defeated neighbours Namibia by a resounding five goals to nil (5-0) in their opening match of the tournament on Tuesday 04 October 2011. Th e victory comes barely 24 hours after boys in the same age group representing South Africa registered a three-one (3-1) victory over long-time nemesis Zambia at the same venue. The young South African ladies opened the scoring as early as the 26 th minute through Kelso Peskins with Meagan Newman netting the second for Bantwana to give the hosts a comfortable two nil (2-0 ) lead going into the half-time break. Peskins completed her brace in the 48 th minute before Gabriela Salgado and Katlego Moleke completed the rout in the 56 th and 72 nd minutes respectively for a five-nil (5-0) victory.
The South African National Under 17 Women’s Team Head Coach Gregory Mashilo says this is a good start for the team and that he and his technical team are looking forward to a consistent improvement going forward.
“First I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to both the South African Football Association (SAFA) and partners in football development FNB for affording us this golden opportunity to compete against other nations, it is much appreciated. I am happy with the result, more so that we did not concede any goals and this is a very good in anybody’s books. For these girls to showcase this type of football after such a long time of no action is brilliant. We still have a long way to go and I am confident that we will be able to build a competitive team in time for the World Cup Qualifiers,” said Mashilo.