Banyana Banyana put one over fellow Olympic Qualifers

Monday, 16 May 2016

Banyana Banyana...................(0) 1

Zimbabwe..............................0

A 61st minute wonder strike by rising super star Refiloe Jane was the difference between the two African sides that will represent the continent at the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

In a match that was played in chilly weather conditions at a vibrant Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa, Jane received a cross from Lebogang Ramalepe midway through the second half and rifled home a low shot that gave Lindiwe Magwede in goals for the visitors no chance.

Despite few scoring chances, Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw must have left Tembisa a happy individual with the type of the workout from her charges ahead of their trip to Netherlands in two weeks’ time.

The Sasol sponsored South African National Women’s Football Team play two friendly matches in Holland on June 4 and June 7 in what would be a stern test for the Olympics bound Banyana Banyana.

The homes side went on the attack from the word go and on the 12 minute, Sanah Mollo went on a maze run but her tantalising cross found no takers inside the box when the Zim defence was on sixes and sevens. It was in the opening stanza in which Amanda Dlamini who later on fizzled out of the game, Linda Motlhalo and Mollo who asked all sorts of questions but very little clear cut chances came either side.

However, Mollo could have done better on the 36th minute when she found herself face to face with Magwede but delayed to take the shot before the visitors cleared the danger. At the stroke of half-time, Mollo again was at fault when she took long to pull the trigger and was eventually dispossessed.

Mpumi Nyandeni’s long range shot soon after resumption was well-saved by Magwede but nothing was going to stop Jane from stealing the show

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