Diski Queen of the Match recipient Refiloe Jane heads home for Banyana Banyana’s second goal during their 3-0 international friendly win against Botswana, on Monday, 10 December, 2012. Screenshot of the goal is from SABC1’s live coverage of the match. Photo: gsport4girls

Banyana Banyana have comfortably beaten neighbours Botswana 3-0 at the Moruleng Stadium, dominating possession and dictating the pace of play for the majority of the international friendly on Monday, 10 December, 2012.

The home side afforded the visitors little room to find their feet, and when Botswana did manage to gain possession, a lack of confidence often gifted the ball back to a model defensive pattern of play by the South Africans.

Banyana Banyana dominated the 1st half, with regular striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi putting SA in the lead from open play in the 12th minute, before Jermaine Seoposenwe’s 25th-minute pin-point corner cross found Refiloe Jane, who rose to head the ball between defender and far-side post with admirable precision for a 2-0 half-time cushion.

The two sides sparred for a few minutes as the second half got underway, but fresh legs in Noko Matlou, who subbed Andisiwe Mgcoyi with 27 minutes to go, bore immediate results, as the former CAF African Football of the Year headed home from a perfect cross in her second touch of the match.

The match signals a welcome boost for coach Mkhonza and his team ahead of their next assignment at their third Cyprus Cup, an invite-only festival of leading international women’s football that has been a key ingredient in the South African team’s progress in recent years.

 

Final Score of the International Friendly between South Africa and Botswana, at the Moruleng Stadium in the North West on Monday, 10 December, 2012:
South Africa 3-0 Botswana
 
Goal Scorers:
Banyana Banyana: Mgcoyi 12′; Jane 23′; Matlou 67′
 
Banyana Banyana Team Sheet:
Andile Dlamini (GK)
Lebogang Mabatle
Janine van Wyk (c)
Zamandosi Cele
Leandra Smeda
Mary Ntsweng
Portia Modise
Gabisile Hlumbane
Jermaine Seoposenwe
Refiloe Jane
Andisiwe Mgcoyi
Substitutes:
Nothando Vilakazi
Precious Matabologa
Nthabiseng Masunte
Maile Makola
Silindile Ngubane
Noko Matlou
Nocawe Skiti
Coach: Joseph Mkhonza