SOUTH African Under-20 Women’s national team (Basetsana) kicked off their World Cup campaign on a high by defeating neighbouring Botswana 5-2 in the first leg encounter of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup played at Molepolole Stadium yesterday.
Basetsana goals came from Kaylin Swart, Mosili Makhaoli, and Shiwe Nogwana (3). The SA side however were dealt a major blow after losing two key players in Robyn Moodaly and Alice Khosa before the break to injuries.
It was the home side that took the lead when Refiloe Tholokele took full advantage of the disorganised South African defence to fire a shot that got deflected off a Basetsana player into goal.
The visitors equalised when they were awarded a penalty and captain, Kaylin Swart made no mistake from the spot.
Basetsana came back from the break looking a stronger side and got in front through a goal by enterprising Mosili Makhoali.
It then became a Shiwe Nogwana show as she scored a second half hat-trick that took the fighting off the home side.
Basetsana coach Sheryl Botes said she was excited by the win adding she was looking beyond the second leg against Botswana in a fortnight’s time.
“It was an all-round performance by the girls and we hope to finish the job when Botswana visit us for the second leg,” said an excited Botes.