Cape Town - Banyana Banyana suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands in an international friendly match played at the Mandemakers Stadium in Waalwijk, Netherlands on Saturday.
This was the first of two clashes between the two nations as the South Africans are preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana started the match slowly giving respect to their much-fancied opponents.
Defender Noko Matlou conceded a foul on the edge of the box and from the resultant free-kick Netherlands captain Sherida Spitse flew the ball past the South African wall and goalkeeper Roxanne Barker to take a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the match.
From then on the visitors played catch-up and could not get their passes together.
Towards the end of the first half, Banyana came back strongly into the match and started to compete equally.
The second stanza proved even much better, especially with the introduction of forwards Jermaine Seoposenwe and Linda Motlhalo for Sanah Mollo and Thembi Kgatlana just after the break.
The combination of the two subs kept The Netherlands defence busy.
Bongiwe Thusi earned her first Banyana cap when she was brought on late in the match to replace Stephanie Malherbe.
Seoposenwe went on a solo run through the opponents but lost the ball as she ran out of space.
In referee’s optional time, Motlhalo also did the same and was brought down on the edge of the box.
Captain Janine van Wyk took the freekick and her powerful shot was parried to the side by Loes Geurts in the Netherlands goal – perhaps South Africa’s best chance of an equaliser.
It ended 1-0 to the Netherlands.
Despite the loss, Banyana were not disgraced as they gave a good account of themselves.
The second match is scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm at the same venue.
Netherlands: Loes Geurts (GK), Michaela van den Bulk, Stefanie van der Gragt, Danique Kerkdijk, Dominique Janssen, Jackie Groenen, Shanice van de Sanden, Sherida Spitse (C), Ellen Jansen, Lieke Martens, Lineth Beerensteyn
Subs: Angela Christ (GK), Sari van Veenendaal (GK), Kika van Es, Kelly Zeeman, Mandy van den Berg, Maud Roetgering, Tessel Middag, Myrthe Moorrees, Daniele van de Donk, Anna Miedema, Renate Jansen, Jeslynn Kuijpers
Coach: Arjan van der Laan
South Africa: Roxanne Barker (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Noko Matlou, Janine van Wyk (C), Amanda Dlamini, Thembi Kgatlana (Linda Motlhalo), Sanah Mollo (Jermaine Seoposenwe), Refiloe Jane, Leandra Smeda, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Stephanie Malherbe
Subs: Andile Dlamini (GK), Kaylin Swart (GK), Nothando Vilakazi, Lerato Kgasago, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Linda Motlhalo, Chantelle Esau, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Shiwe Nogwanya, Bambanani Mbane, Bongiwe Thusi, Lebogang Mabatle
Coach: Vera Pauw
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