Banyana Banyana kept their 2012 London Olympic dreams alive with a resounding 3-0 win over Zambia in front of a large crowd at the King Zwelthini stadium in Umlazi near Durban today.
Banyana Banyana held a 1-0 advantage at the half-time, a well-timed run and classy finish from Jermaine Seoposenwe in the 28th minute, after she beat the Zambian off-side trap to strike the ball home across the goalmouth, wide of Zambian goalkeeper Mirriam Katamana.
Now 3-1 down on aggregate after Banyana Banyana’s 2-1 win over the Zambians in Lusaka two weeks earlier, the visitors’ coach Enala Phiri was forced to go for broke in bringing on another striker in Gift Lisaka for Lillian Shonga.
The coach was also forced to make a crucial change 11 minutes before the break, when the classy goalkeeper Katamana – who had played superbly, limped off to be replaced by second choice gloves person Ennie Matukuta.
The pace of Seopesenwe, who plays her football for Santos FC in the Western Cape Sasol League, worried the Zambians, and together with anchor midfielder Nompumelelo Nsibande, proved more than a handful for the visitors on the left-hand-side of the park.
On the right-hand side Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini, who hails from Durban but studies and plays for the University of Johannesburg FC in the Gauteng Sasol League, produced some superb passes to create opportunities for striker Noko Matlou, and the home team could easily have been more than a goal to the good at the halfway stage.
Seopesenwe showed her speed on the right flank 10 minutes into the second half and produced a quality cross for Matlou to head home to double the score-line.
Two minutes later, the Banyana Banyana went 3-0 up as Dlamini, who along with central defender Janine van Wyk, will be flying to the UK for trials with Bristol City next week, scored from another cross from the right. SAFA