Banyana Banyana Thrash Tanzania

Banyana Banyana registered yet another victory ahead of the African Women’s Championship tournament.  The Sasol-sponsored women’s national team beat Tanzania 6-1 in an international friendly match on Sunday at the old Peter Mokaba Stadium.  Shiwe Nogwanya, Leandra Smeda, Silindile Ngubane, Sanah Mollo and captain Janine Van Wyk, who all play for teams in the Sasol League registered their names on the score sheet.

Coach Vera Pauw made only one change from the team that beat Zambia 4–0 in Lusaka a week ago.  Mamello Makhabane started ahead of youngster Thembi Kgatlana in the middle of the park.  A well balanced first half with both teams having great goal scoring opportunities.

Tanzania came close to opening the scoring in the opening minutes of the match, but the Banyana defenders did well to clear the ball out of danger.  Portia Modise also came close to opening the scoring for Banyana Banyana after receiving a great pass from Nogwanya inside the box, but her final pass was intercepted by the Tanzanian keeper in the 10th minute.  Five minutes later, the visitors broke the deadlock when they scored from a set-piece taken from just outside the box.

Captain Sophia Edward took a first time shot at goal, beating keeper Andile Dlamini.  Banyana Banyana levelled the score in the 21st minute.  Nogwanya found the back of the net after a goal mouth scramble, bringing the South African women back in the game.  Just before the half hour mark, Smeda extended the lead with a header from a corner kick, taking South Africa into the half-time break leading 2-1.

Skipper Van Wyk made it three for Banyana Banyana in the 53rd minute, scoring her 11th goal in national team colours.  Pauw’s charges continued pilling pressure on the Tanzanians, missing a couple of goal scoring opportunities before Silindile Ngubane scored two goals deep into the second stanza and Sanah Mollo scoring one goal with just a few minutes of play remaining, ending the match 6–1 in favour of the hosts.