Ideal start for rusty Banyana
Win over Lesotho not as impressive
Banyana Banyana made an ideal start to the Cosafa Women’s Championship, but their 3-0 win over Lesotho was uncharacteristic for a SA side that would normally bury their regional opposition.
Nonetheless, the victory yesterday gave Banyana tailsup heading into their fixture against Namibia today (4.30pm). Namibia lead Group C by virtue of a better goal difference, thanks to their 4-0 win over Botswana in an early kick-off yesterday.
SA made what seemed an easy job against Lesotho look difficult. But it was clear that the team was a bit rusty having last played a competitive match in January.
Leandra Smeda’s strike gave the team an odd-goal lead going into the half-time break, but it could have been more had SA finished off all their chances. Attackers Chantelle Esau and Rhoda Mulaudzi were the main culprits.
It all changed for the better after the introduction of Thembi Kgatlana in the second half.
The University of Western Cape student spruced up the attack with some silky footwork and also chipped in with a goal.
Esau, however, made amends when she completed the rout later in the game.
Against Namibia today, interim coach Desiree Ellis faces a team that has proved it got sting in front of goal. Victory today will guarantee SA a place in the semifinals.
Nwabisa Kolisi of Banyana is challenged by Lerato Kheme of Lesotho yesterday.