Banyana thrash Zimbabwe
Noko Matlou (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Banyana Banyana thrashed Zimbabwe 4-0 in Tembisa on Sunday with African Player of the Year Noko Matlou scoring her 35th goal in 41 outings for South Africa.
Matlou's right-footed strike from 25 metres out beat Zimbabwean goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai to find the back of the net in injury time at the end of the first half.
It was followed by second-half strikes by substitutes Mamphasha Popela and Amanda Dlamini, and 17-year-old Jermaine Seoposenwe, a Cape Town-based midfielder who plays for Santos in the Western Cape.
She produce a well-timed run on the right side of the pitch, before scoring from a tight angle past Dzingirai.
"After 25 minutes of play in the second half, our goals came at the right time as this is usually when players tire and slow down," said Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane.
"The hard work put in by the national players and the technical staff at the training camps over the past two months is paying off and the spirit in the camp is high ahead of our participation in the CAF African Women Championship 2010."
Banyana Banyana will play their CAF Group A matches at the Sinaba stadium, in Daveyton, against Tanzania on October 31, Nigeria on November 4 and Mali on November 7. The semi-finals are to be held at the stadium on November 11.