Banyana Win COSAFA Cup

by | Aug 26, 2006

SAFA LogoCaptain Portia Modise scored a brace as South Africa’s women’s national soccer team, Banyana Banyana, beat Namibia 3-1 to win the women’s COSAFA Cup in Lusaka, Zambia.

For the first time in the tournament, South Africa conceded a goal before getting onto the score sheet when Rita Williams put Namibia ahead in the 20th minute.

South African captain, Portia Modise got the equalizer in the 30th minute.

Nine minutes from the break, Modise’s team mate Kylie-Ann Louw netted to give South Africa a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Modise then sealed Namibia’s fate with her second goal of the match in the 51st minute, giving South Africa a 3-1 win and their second COSAFA Cup title, having won the first edition back in April 2002.

Banyana Banyana kicked of the tournament with a 9-nil thrashing of Lesotho last Tuesday. Two days later, they beat Malawi 3-nil. Friday’s 4-1 win over Zimbabwe gave them great confidence, heading into today’s final against Namibia.

Captain Portia Modise has had an outstanding tournament, scoring goals consistently.

This is a confidence-boosting win for our girls, and they’ll celebrate hard tonight, but they know that an even tougher assignment awaits them in October when they face Africa’s best in the African Women’s Championships, in Nigeria.

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