Banyana need to pull up their socks

2010-10-31 13:44

Banyana Banyana laboured to an unconvincing 2-1 victory over Tanzania in the opening game of the African Women’s Championships at Sinaba Stadium on the East Rand.

If this is how Banyana are going to play in the tournament, they might as well kiss their dream of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Germany goodbye.

The South African senior women’s team were far from convincing this afternoon and needed an 85th minute penalty conversion by Mamello Makhabane to settle this tense affair.

Earlier, in the first half, Mamphashe Popela had given the home team a lead with an opportunist goal, but Fred Esther Chabruma cancelled it before half time.

Just when everybody thought the two teams would share the spoils, substitute Kylie-Ann Louw’s goal-bound shot was handled in the box and Makhabane stepped up and slotted home to the delight of the packed stadium.

Coach Augustine Makalakalane will have a lot to think about before their next game against Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Thursday – knowing that the West Africans will be the toughest in the group.

Victory would put them in a good position to qualify for the semis as they need one more victory against either Nigeria or Mali in their last group match next Sunday to ensure a place in the last four.

With only two spots available for the World Cup, Banyana would have to qualify for the final to book a place to Germany.

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