Cape Town - Banyana
Banyana and Zimbabwe played to a disappointing goalless draw in their opening
match of the 2016 CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations, Group A clash on Saturday
night in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Banyana had numerous chances to take the lead as Kgatlana and Motlhalo
combined excellently in the first half; however none of their efforts came to
Kgatlana, who scored her first brace just last week against the Mighty Warriors in a
friendly match in Harare, was denied countless chances.
Andile Dlamini put up a great display in the match and made countless crucial
saves to keep South Africa in the game.
Coach Desiree Ellis brought in Jermanie Seoposenwe earlier in the second half
to try and inspire the flow of the match.
presence was quickly felt but the goals failed to come. Andiswe Mgcoyi was
brought in for Nompumelelo Nyandeni in the 74th minute to try and
use her height to the advantage of Banyana Banyana but this too did not bring
any luck to the team.
we can do is keep working. We tried our best but the goals just didn’t come our
way. We could have played another 20 minutes and still not managed to get the
ball in the back of the net," said Ellis.
Banyana Banyana will face Cameroon in their second match of group A on Tuesday at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde. Kickoff is scheduled for
17:00 (SA time).