SA Qualify for African Women’s Champs

by | Aug 4, 2006

South Africa have beaten Tanzania 4-nil to qualify for the African Women’s Championship in Nigeria.

Today’s win in Dar es Salaam gave Banyana Banyana a 7-0 aggregate victory.

South Africa opened their scoring through Memory Makhanya in the 24th minute. Seven minutes later, Disebo Mametja extended their lead with a long-range effort.

South Africa continued to apply pressure and were rewarded with a third goal in the 51st minute, with Nompumelelo Nyandeni, beating two defenders before slotting the ball home.

Veronica Phewa, who also scored in the first leg in Katlehong two weeks ago, sealed the rout with a close-range strike in the 84th minute.

Banyana Banyana coach Augustine Makhlaklane was pleased with how his players handled the unfavourable conditions.

"It was tough because it was really too hot for us but we managed to win," said the former Bafana Bafana and Cosmos midfielder.

Quoted on the South African Football Association, Banyana Banyana team manager, Fran Hilton-Smith, said: "Now that we have qualified for Nigeria, we will sit down and plan our strategy to qualify for the 2007 FIFA World Cup.

“These two matches against Tanzania have given us a better perspective of which areas we are strong in and those that we still need to work hard to improve. For now, we are going to celebrate our hard earned win against Tanzania and enjoy Women’s Month."

SAFA CEO, Raymond Hack, thanked everybody who worked hard to ensure that the team qualifies for the African Championships.

He said: "It was a team effort from the players, technical staff, administrators, media and the fans that supported the Team in the 1st leg in Katlehong.

“We hope the support will continue throughout all our National Teams, starting with the Under-20 National Team that faces Zimbabwe in Katlehong this Sunday," concluded Raymond Hack, SAFA Chief Executive Officer.

Banyana Banyana return home on Sunday at 6pm.

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