Mighty Warriors hold Banyana


HARARE - The Zimbabwe national women’s football team was unlucky to draw with their rivals South Africa 2-2 in a friendly international at Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday.

The lunch-time kick off match saw new Banyana Banyana, who are under new coach Vera Pauw, go behind to an early penalty from Rutendo Makore.

Zimbabwe went on a counter attack through Makore who got the better of Letago Madiba.

The robust Madiba had no choice but bring down Makore leaving referee Maria Kolokotoane with little choice but award a penalty which Makore dispatched with ease.

Sensing Banyana Banyana had problems in dealing with long balls, Zimbabwe pumped high balls in the penalty area.

From one of those attacks, Marjory Nyaumwe outpaced the static Banyana Banyana defence and her pile driver gave Roxanne Barker no chance to make it 2-0.

It could have been 3-0 but Makore’s audacious effort moments later hit the crossbar.

Banyana Banyana then came out of their shell and a combination of Refiloe Jane and Silindile Ngubane saw the latter’s effort hitting the bar as they started to threaten the visitors.

And after incessant pressure thereafter, a goal had to come.

And it did arrive at the stroke of half time when Ngubane’s shot gave Dzingirai no chance to make it 2-1 going into the second half.

In the second half, Zimbabwe were pinned in their own half but their back four, well marshalled by Melody Musasa stood firm.

Robyn Moodaly could have equalised for Banyana Banyana but her long range effort was brilliantly parried for a corner by Chido Dzingirai as Zimbabwe hang on for dear life.

However, the resultant corner kick went wide.

Banyana Banyana then literally camped into the visitors’ area but brave goalkeeping by Dzingirai frustrated the home side. Refiloe Jane saw her efforts skim the crossbar as Banyana Banyana upped the antic.

Former captain Amanda Dlamini who was introduced as a late substitute had a point blank header saved by Dzingirai as the war of attrition developed into a ding dong affair.

The vibrant crowd then raised the tempo cheering the girls as Banyana Banyana chased what appeared like an elusive equaliser.

But the hard-running Dlamini made it 2-2 as Zimbabwe finally cracked under pressure.

Zimbabwe could have stolen a late win but Barker produced a one-handed save from Felistas Muzongondi after the goalkeeper had been left exposed by her defence.

Starting line-ups:

South Africa: Roxanne Barker, Letago Madiba, Nelisiwe Mchunu, Amanda Sister, Nothando Vilakazi, Ode Fulutudilu, Robyn Moodaly, Silindile Ngubane, Refiloe Jane, Portia Modise, Sanah Molo.

Zimbabwe: Chido Dzingirai, Nobuhle Majika, Emmaculate Msipa, Felistas Muzongondi, Rudo Neshamba, Patience Mujuru, Ruvimbo Mutyavaviri, Marjory Nyaumwe, Melody Musasa, Rutendo Makore, Mavis Chirandu.

Comments (2)

Rose Mugadza sat on the bench enjoying her Energade drinks. She didn't realise that, by substituting its players gradually, SA was re-introducing freshness into the team. Our coach just sat there, probably enjoying the changing complexion of SA's game.

ndakarwadziwa - 13 April 2014

nhaiwe reporter, story ndeyako here kana kuti wango dzura pa kick off . word for word here akomana.

jore - 15 April 2014

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