South Africa’s National Women’s Soccer team will again board the bus for the 90 minute drive to the bumpy and grassy pitch in Oleh, Nigeria today, to take on Equatorial Guinea in their second match in the 5th African Women’s Championship.
In their first match on Saturday on the same field, Banyana Banyana convincingly accounted for North-African powerhouse Algeria, with their four goals going unanswered.
Veronica Phewa scored twice, and Nyandeni Nompumelo converting shortly before the half-time whistle, before Jo-Anne Solomon sealed the game for SA with her first tournament goal in the second half.
The coaching staff will have a clearer idea of Banyana’s potential, once the dust settles after the team has tackled Equatorial Guinea this evening.
Coaches will have warned of the talent in striker Chinasa Okoro, a former Nigerian player who has taken on Equatorial Guinea citizenship, and will no doubt bring co-striker Clotilde Essiane’s skills to their attention.
Essiane is in doubt for today’s game, having been punished with a red card in Saturday’s game against hosts and cup holders Nigeria, following a bookable offence against defender Yinka Kudaisi.
Banyana Banyana face Nigeria in their final round-robin match on Friday, and a win today will see them through to the semi-finals of the championship, while a draw or a loss will require a win against the mighty Nigeria.
Group A Fixtures, Tuesday 31 October, 2006
At Oleh: Equatorial Guinea v South Africa 1300GMT (3pm SA Time)
At Warri: Nigeria v Algeria 1500GMT (5pm SA Time)
Group A Results (28 October, 2006)
At Warri: Nigeria beat Equatorial Guinea 4-2
At Oleh: South Africa beat Algeria 4-0
Group Standings as at 30 October, 2006