Banyana draw with Cameroon
Johannesburg - Amanda Sister scored to give Banyana Banyana a 1-1 draw with Cameroon in a friendly international match in Yaounde, Cameroon on Monday.
Banyana Banyana are based in Yaounde to acclimatise the players ahead of the hot conditions expected at the eight-nation CAF African Women championship 2012 in Equatorial Guinea from October 28 to November 11.
Tall Cameroonian striker Enganamouit Gaelle tested the Banyana Banyana defence with a chip over advancing goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni in the 7th minute, but the 'keeper stretched and held on to the ball.
The same movement in the 27th minute saw Gaelle first to the ball ahead of Janine van Wyk and a charging Mndaweni, to chip into the back of the net.
Head coach Joseph Mkhonza tried out various options in the second half with CAF African Women Footballer of the Year 2009, striker Noko Matlou, being introduced into play at the expense of the speedy Jermaine Seoposenwe.
Sanah Mollo came on for Silindile Ngubane. Defender Charlotte Mshengu made her debut at right-back for Zamandosi Cele.
SA were much more offensive after the substitutions were made, and a period of extensive pressure on the Cameroonian final third saw Sister stab the ball home in a packed home team penalty area with two minutes of play left.
Sister, who missed the previous two matches against Zimbabwe due to a quadriceps injury, added more solidity to the visitors' rearguard, while in midfield Refiloe Jane was involved in the majority of possession won, which was turned into Banyana Banyana attacks.
Playing in front of a small crowd in the 20 000-seater stadium, Banyana Banyana attacked more after the substitutions were made in the second half. Matlou in particular showed signs of her old self, which saw her score 55 goals in 78 outings.
Banyana Banyana will open their Group A campaign at the CAF African Women Championship 2012 against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on October 28, before facing Senegal in the same city on October 31.
The South Africans will then travel to Bata for their final group encounter with DR Congo on November 3.
The semi-finals will take place in either Malabo or Bata on November 7, with the 3rd/4th place playoff and the title decider both scheduled for Malabo on November 11.