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Banyana qualify for CAF Women Nations Cup

2018-06-11 08:37
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Cape Town - Banyana Banyana have qualified for the CAF Women Nations Cup finals scheduled for Ghana in November this year after walloping hapless Lesotho.

Goals came from Jermaine Seoposenwe, Chantelle Esau, Hilda Magaia and Leandra Smeda secured a 7-0 aggregated win at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

And true to coach Desiree Ellis’ prediction, the girls were full value of their emphatic win as they ran riot in front of a good crowd.

The win keeps Ellis and her charges on track to reach the Women FIFA World Cup in France next year.

Leading 1-0 from the first-leg, Banyana Banyana were off the blocks early and Esau could have doubled that advantage but her effort went well wide of the target.

Moments later Seoposenwe doubled the hosts advantage when she out-sprinted the Lesotho defence and buried a good angled shot.

That was the goal Banyana Banyana needed and 2 minutes later made it was 2-0 when Esau made no mistake from inside the box.

Thereafter, it was one-way traffic as Desiree Ellis charges threatened to run riot.

Kgaelebane Mohlakoane was having a good game on the right flank and twice came close to scoring in the opening 15 minutes. With Lesotho looking shell-shocked, the hosts played with conviction and flamboyance which have become the hallmark of their recent game.

Smeda then came face to face with Lesotho keeper, but her effort was well saved on the 28th minute. Esau missed another golden opportunity when she sent her effort wide on the 35th minute as the rare heat at this time of the year started to take its toll.

Soon after half-time, captain Refiloe Jane miscued her shot when she was put clear. Essau made it 3-0 on the day with a good finish, moments after restart.

Seoposenwe also completed her brace when she made no mistake from just inside the box on the 59th minute to make it 4-0 on the day and 5-0 on aggregate.

Magaia made it 5-0 on the 77th minute as Banyana Banyana kept the foot on the pedal while Smeda made added another goal before the final whistle.

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