SASOL Banyana Banyana turned on the heat in the first 45 minutes, scoring three great goals before wrapping up a vintage afternoon with a late Ode Fulutudilu strike, consigning Botswana to a thumping defeat at the Vaal University of Technology’s Isak Steyl Stadium in Vanderbijl Park on a chilly Saturday afternoon.
Goals from woman-of-the-match Leandra Smeda, who scored a brilliant brace, and veteran Portia Modise, put Banyana Banyana in the driving seat in the first half.
Although they took the foot off the pedal in the second half, they were still able to put the icing on the cake with a late strike from Fulutudilu, to complete a comprehensive and well-deserved 4-0 victory.
This friendly international was Vera Pauw’s fourth game in charge after Zimbabwe, Ghana and the Comoros, as she continues to build a formidable team for the African Women Championships scheduled for Namibia in October this year.
SASOL Banyana Banyana started brightly, stamping their authority, and looking far more tactically astute and physically athletic.
Banyana got the opening goal in the 13th minute through a stinging drive by Smeda, whose sweet shot gave the Botswana goalkeeper no chance to make it 1-0 for the home side.
Smeda made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute with a well-taken towering header following a corner kick. With Banyana buzzing, Botswana defence looked stretched and out of sorts.
The tall Smeda was proving a thorn in the flesh with her well timed headers and almost grabbed the third in the 26th minute but saw her effort go narrowly wide.
Banyana Banyana made it 3-0 in the 36th minute through Modise with a simple strike inside the box, as Pauw’s girls started to turn on the heat.
Refilwe Jane then saw her thunderbolt pushed for a corner as the referee blew for half-time.
In the second half, Botswana tried to get back into the mix but Banyana Banyana still looked more organised and purposeful.
The visitors created some half chances as they made a game of this friendly game played in notorious biting cold weather synonymous with the Vaal Triangle.
Smeda missed an opportunity to seal her hat-trick in the 64th minute when she shot straight into the hands of the Botswana goalkeeper, who palmed the attempt for a corner.
In 77th minute, Smeda, who was voted Diski Queen of the match, could not believe her eyes as her attempt was scooped for another corner, denying her a well-deserved hat-trick.
Ode Fulutudili made it 4-0 with a well-taken strike in the 83rd minute to complete an excellent afternoon for Banyana Banyana.
Result of the International Friendly between SASOL South Africa and Botswana, at the Isak Steyl Stadium at the Vaal Univesity of Technology in Vanderbijl Park, on Saturday, 7 June, 2014: South Africa………….(3) 4 Botswana…………….(0) 0 Goal-Scorers: 13’ Leandra Smeda 22’ Leandra Smeda 36’ Portia Modise 83’ Ode Fulutudili Diski Queen of the Match: Leandra Smeda SASOL Banyana Banyana squad to face Botswana: Goalkeepers: 1. Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 2. Thoko Mndaweni – Croesus FC Defenders: 3. Nothando Vilakazi – Palace Super Falcons FC 4. Amanda Sister – Liverpool Ladies FC 5. Janine van Wyk – JVW FC 6. Letago Madiba – TUT Ladies FC 7. Nomathemba Ntsibande – Springs Home Sweepers FC 8. Lebogang Mabatle – TUKS Ladies FC 9. Simphiwe Dludlu – TUKS Ladies FC 10. Nelisiwe Mchunu – Moroka Swallows FC Midfielders: 11. Amanda Dlamini – University of Johannesburg FC 12. Gloria Thato – TUKS Ladies FC 13. Alocia Thoboka – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 14. Sanah Mollo – Mamelodi Sundowns FC 15. Lebogang Ramalepe – Maindis FC 16. Tina Selepe – Palace Super Falcons FC 17. Leandra Smeda – UWC Ladies FC 18. Refiloe Jane – VUT Ladies FC 19. Mamello Makhabane – Palace Super Falcons FC 20. Mpumi Nyandeni – FC Rossiyanka (Russia) Strikers: 21. Shiwe Nongwanya – Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies FC 22. Silindile Ngubane – Durban Ladies FC 23. Ode Fulutudilu – Lee University FC 24. Chantelle Esau – Palace Super Falcons FC 25. Portia Modise – Creosus FC 26. Noko Matlou – Maindis FC 27. Kgadi Mokoma – Palace Super Falcons FC
Photo Caption: Following the withdrawal of the Comores from the 2014 African Women’s Championship, Botswana made themselves availabel to ensure that the SASOL Banyana Banyana didn’t miss out on valuable international exposure, ahead of the upcoming continental championships in Namibia. On the day, incoming national women’s coach Vera Pauw acquited themselves admirably, beating the visitors 4-0 after enjoying a 3-0 lead at the turn-around. Pictured are the starting eleven who beat the Comores 13-0 in the opening away leg qualifier of the AWC, on Saturday 24 May, 2014. Photo: Supplied
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