Banyana Banyana Register Hard Fought Win Over Namibia

The South African Senior National Women’s team defeated Namibia 2-1 in an international friendly match played on Saturday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.  Goals by Leandra Smeda and Disebo Mametja, who both ply their trade for the University of Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg, were enough to hand the Sasol-sponsored team the victory.  Thomalina Adams pulled one back for the home side.

Coach Vera Pauw made two changes from the team that beat Botswana 4–0 last month.  Noko Matlou returned to the starting eleven and played alongside captain Janine Van Wyk in defence, while Disebo Mametja started her first match under Pauw on the right flank.  The Namibians were the first to threaten, getting the first shot at goal in the seventh minute, but the ball went just inches wide off Tokozile Mndaweni’s goals.

Banyana Banyana took almost half an hour to find their feet.  Smeda found the back of the net in the 29th minute after Banyana Banyana played a well coordinated set piece from outside the box.  Refiloe Jane had an opportunity to extend the lead for Banyana Banyana just before the half-time break.

She connected well with the ball inside the box, but her effort went wide off the goal post.  Mametja doubled the score for Banyana Banyana in the 60th minute with an easy tap in.  Namibia pulled one back with 15 minutes of play remaining after a defensive error from South Africa.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors.  “The ladies know what is expected of them now.  The hard work that we have been putting in is starting to show.  It was a tough game, Namibia has improved a lot, they are physical, but we managed to contain them,” said Pauw.