Banyana, Zim share honours
Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Banyana Banyana striker Silindile Ngubane netted her first goal in just her second outing, in a 1-1 draw in against Zimbabwe in Daveyton on Tuesday.
Zimbabwe broke the ice as early as the 12th minute, stunning the mostly Banyana Banyana supporters into silence when Rudo Neshamba took advantage of some poor defensive work by the home side, to head home past an out-stretched Banyana Banyana 'keeper Thoko Mndaweni.
Ngubane, coming on as a second-half substitute, levelled matters 15 minutes after the break, firing home in a crowded Zimbabwean penalty area.
Earlier, Banyana Banyana vice-captain and central defender Janine van Wyk nearly equalised for the hosts via a well-struck free kick, but her long-range shot was tipped over the crossbar by Zimbabwean goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai.
The hosts had a super opportunity to get back on level terms just eight minutes into the second half after being awarded a penalty, when striker Sanah Mollo was fouled on the right side of the Zimbabwean penalty area.
But Mollo's fellow striker, the experienced Portia Modise, had her spot-kick well saved by goalkeeper Dzingirai, who had a consistent game between the posts.
Speaking after the match, Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza said: "The two international friendly fixtures against Zimbabwe over the past week were crucial as far as giving our ladies game time ahead of the CAF African Women's Championship 2012 is concerned.
"After a two-month break following our participation at the London Olympics, we returned to camp to work hard on the fitness levels of the players, and now will put more focus on the tactical side of play in the lead-up to the African tournament."
Banyana Banyana beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in the first international friendly played at the Dobsonville stadium, Soweto at the weekend.
This was the Banyana Banyana team's final home match before jetting off to Cameroon on Friday to continue their preparations for the CAF African Women Championship 2012, to be held in Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11.