THE South African Under 17 women’s national team, Bantwana has
defeated their Namibian counterparts by five goals to nil (5-0) in a
second leg World Cup qualifier played at the Sinaba Stadium in
Daveyton. The match was played this past Saturday.
South Africa go through the next round on a 6-1 aggregate after playing to a
one all draw (1-1) in the first leg.
Bantwana will face the winner between Ghana and Cameroon, and the match is
scheduled for March this year.
The FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup 2012 will be played in
Azerbaijan from September 22-October 13.
A moment of silence was observed before the start of the match to
honour those who passed away recently in a football match in Egypt.
In a match attended by Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza, the
home side was in complete control of the match from the first whistle.
Mosili Makhaoli could have opened the scoring as early as the fourth
minute but she hesitated in front of goals only for the ball to be
cleared. From the resultant corner South Africa hit the crossbar.
But two minutes later Makhoali made up for her earlier mistake and she
put Bantwana in front.
South Africa could have increased the score line but again hit the
crossbar in the 12th minute through Caryn van Reyneveldt.
In the 25th minute poor defence and goalkeeping from Namibia, and a
touch of brilliance from Van Reyneveldlt increased Bantwana’s lead
– she also scored in the first leg draw.
Three minutes later Makhaoli scored her second of the day and South
Africa’s third – and that’s how it stayed at the break.
At the restart Bantwana head coach Greg Mashilo made a double
substitution bringing on Drishana Pillay and Thembi Kgatlana for Kelso
Pesskin and Shenell Jacobs.
South Africa seemed to take their foot off the pedal and could only
manage the first goal of the half in the 70th minute through Amanda
November. The fifth and last goal came just two minutes from the final
whistle from the captain Nomvula Kgoale – South Africa 5, Namibia 0.
“I’m extremely happy about the performance of my players. They stuck
to the game plan and everything worked for us. Our idea was to
maintain ball possession and they could not play. But I must caution
that this win does not mean we should relax going forward. A lot of
work lies ahead and will need some improvement to go past our next
match, but I am confident we will prepare well and get the desired
result,” said Mashilo.
This is how they lined up:
Katlego Moletsane; Nomvula Kgoale (Capt); Meagan Newman; Thato
Letsoso; Bongiwe Mkolose; Amanda November; Kelso Pesskin (Drishana
Pillay); Mosili Makhoali; Caren van Reyneveldt; Thonako Pooutsoane;
Shenell Jacobs (Thembi Kgatlana); Tarry-Lee Davids;
Melane Hikuam; Annousoka Kordom; Eddelisisingh Naris; Lovisa Mulunga
(Capt); Celine Tjombe; Anna Shikusho; Melissa Matheus; Anushca Meyer;
Juliana Blou; Hobasen Uiras and Dephney Inanabes