The South African Senior National Women’s team, Banyana Banyana played to a goalless draw against the Mighty Warriors of Zimbabwe in an international friendly match at the Rufaro Stadium, on Friday afternoon, 11 July.
Coach Vera Pauw made two changes in defence from the team that played against Namibia. Lebogang Ramalepe, who plays for Maindis FC in the Limpopo Sasol women’s league, started at right back while Gloria Thato from the University of Pretoria in the Sasol Women’s league Gauteng division, replaced Nothando Vilakazi at left back.
The home side started on a high tempo, forcing Banyana Banyana to concede a corner in the opening seconds of the match.
The South African women found the back of the net in the 10th minute, but Refiloe Jane’s goal was ruled out for off-side.
The Mighty Warriors pilled some pressure on Vera Pauw’s charges, getting a couple of shots on target but Banyana Banyana keeper, Thoko Mndaweni made a great save to deny the Zimbabweans a goal in the first half.
Sasol Banyana Banyana returned from the break and came close to opening the scoring with Jane connecting well to the ball from inside the box in the 50th minute, but her header fell straight into the Zimbabwean keeper’s hands.
Leandra Smeda almost stole a win for Banyana Banyana with three minutes of play remaining but it was not to be as the match ended in a stalemate.
Banyana Banyana will land at OR Tambo international airport on Saturday afternoon, 12 July at 13h00.
Banyana Banyana XI: Noko Matlou, Janine van Wyk, Mamello Makhabane, Disebo Mametja, Amanda Dlamini, Portia Modise, Gloria Thato, Refiloe Jane, Thoko Mndaweni, Leandra Smeda, Lebogang Ramalepe.
Subs: Andile Dlamini, Simphiwe Dludlu, Nothando Vilakazi, Nomathemba Ntsibande, Silindile Ngubane, Tina Selepe, Sanah Mollo, Alocia Thoboka, Shiwe Nogwanya, Ode Fulutidulu.
Zimbabwe XI: Chido Dzingirai, Sithembile Nyoni, Vimbai Mharadzai, Melody Musasa, Mercy Marowa, Rejoice Kampumvuti, Emmaculate Msipa, Felistus Muzongodi, Mavis Chirandu, Marjoury Nyaumwe, Rudo Neshamba.
Subs: Ethel Chinyere, Greater Bande, Felistus Muchekenyi, Priviledge Mupeti, Gracious Mageza, Lydia Mapunhure, Sukiluhle Ndlovu.