Mighty Warriors hold Banyana

JOHANNESBURG - The Mighty Warriors put up a disciplined performance as they held Banyana Banyana to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling international friendly match here at Sinaba Stadium Saturday.

It was a game of two halves as both teams took turns to dominate. South Africa were visibly the dominate side in the first half while Zimbabwe looked the better team in the second half.

The home side started on the front foot and enjoyed more possession especially in the opening stages but failed to execute numerous chances that came their way.

The Mighty Warriors slowly clawed back into the game and Inline Academy striker Rudo Neshamba ensured they went to the breather leading 1-0 with a powerful header after getting to the end of a Violet Bepete cross from the right side in the 40th minute.

South Africa got their equaliser from the boot of the mercurial Amanda Dhlamini in the 56th minute after she capitalised on some sloppy defending by Zimbabwe back line.

The visitors, however, felt hard done by Mozambiquan referee Novo Ema Paulo, who made a lot of questionable decisions that went against them.  

Paulo surprised everyone including herself after she disallowed Felistus Muzongondi’s clear goal in the 78th minute after adjudging her to be in an off side position.

It was a dubious call from the Mozambican official because there were two Banyana defenders that were playing Muzongondi onside when she scored.

With a bit of lucky and accuracy Rosemary Mugadza’s charges could have wrapped up the tie especially after the introduction of forceful Rutendo Makore in the second half but they failed to make full use of their chances.

Nokuthula Ndlovu saw her effort crashing against the cross bar in the 47th minute while strikers Muzongondi, Neshamba and Makore also missed good scoring opportunities.

Mighty Warriors have also goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai to thank after the Flame Lily shot-stopper produced some crucial saves each time Banyana Banyana breached the Zimbabwe defence.

After the match, Mighty Warriors coach Mugadza showered a lot of praise to her players saying they are in the right direction of becoming a powerhouse in the future.


South Africa
: Andile Dhlamini, Lebogang Mabatle, Nothando Vilakazi, Janine van Wyk, Zamandosi, Cele, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Amanda Sinegugu Dhlamini, Silindile Ngubane, Noko Matlou, Memory Makhanya, Gabisile Hlumbane

Zimbabwe: Chido Dzingirai, Violet Bepete, Nobuhle Magika, Emmaculate Msipa, Felistus Muzongondi, Rudo Neshamba, Nokuthula Ndlovu, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Marjory Nyaumwe, Melody Musasa Danai Bhobho. - Godknows Matarutse

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