Banyana Banyana saw their stay at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup come to an end at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier on Monday evening.
After earlier losses to Spain and China, Germany delivered the final result to end Banyana’s stay in France, hammering the South Africans 4-0 in what was a do-or-die clash for coach Desiree Ellis’ players.
The Germans opened their scoring account just 13 minutes into the game, going into the half time break already leading 3-0.
Banyana Banyana’s Admirable Fighting Spirit
Despite the result not coming Banyana’s way, the ladies put up a good fight with attempts to try get back into the game.
The SA ladies only managed to find the back of the net on one occasion in the tournament, courtesy of Thembi Kgatlana’s incredible strike in their opening game against Spain.
Banyana became the first team in Group B to fail to progress to Round 16 of the tournament, having lost all of their fixtures.
Coach Desiree and her girls will now turn their focus on the Second Round of CAF Women’s Qualifying Tournament where they will face neighbours, Botswana in the first leg in August.
Banyana Banyana 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Result Table – Group B
Date: Saturday, 8 June
Venue: Stade Océana, Le Havre
Result: Banyana Banyana 1-3 Spain
Date: Thursday, 13 June
Venue: Le Parc des Prince, Paris
Result: Banyana Banyana 0-1 China
Date: Monday, 17 June
Venue: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Result: Banyana Banyana 0-4 Germany
Photo 1 Caption: Many fans rated keeper Andile Dlamini (pictured in the foreground) as South Africa’s stand-out player in the team’s on-field performance on Monday, leading to Banyana Banyana becoming the first team to have their #FIFAWWC campaign ended in Group B, when they lost their third encounter 4-0 to Germany on Monday night, ending the their campaign in fourth place with no points. Photo: Screengrab off FIFA’s official livestream on Youtube.