GHANA EDGE BANYANA IN A FRIENDLY
By: Lucky Khanyile
Banyana Banyana suffered a defeat by Ghana in an international friendly game on Sunday.
The Ghanaians gave Banyana something to worry about when they beat them 1-0 in a fully packed vibrant Dobsonville stadium. The South African team was looking for a moral boost ahead of the African Women’s Championship qualifiers.
The game started in a slow pace as both sides struggled to reach the final third. The two sides seemed happy in weighing each other. Sanah Mollo got an opportunity to give the host a lead five minutes before half time but missed.
The second half started with fire when Ghana made some serious threatening attacks on the goal post. Ghana made two changes that swung the game in their favour when substitute Portia Boakye netted from the free kick in the 71st minute.
The goal inspired a strong attack on the visitors seeking vengeance and Leandra Smeda got a chance to equalize with a header on the 80th minute but Nana Asantewaa produced a great save. The Ghanaian shot-stopper worked overtime as the Banyana continued to seek for an equalizer.
This was coach Vera Pauws’ second game in charge having drawn 2-2 against Zimbabwe at the same venue.
The match was attended by a few of the delegates such as the Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan and SASCOC President Gideon Sam.
The South African national team will be heading to Comoros for African Women’s Championship qualifiers later this month.