Banyana Banyana played a goalless draw against Slovakia in their opening match of 2018 in the Cyprus Women’s Cup Wednesday.
Banyana Banyana were making their sixth appearance in the tournament. Both sides started brightly trying to get an early goal so as to settle down, but none came their way.
It was South Africa who got closest to a goal with a strike by Thembi Kgatlana in the 21stminute. She managed to beat the keeper, she was denied by the crossbar. At times Banyana Banyana committed mistakes that almost had them punished but they were quick to recover, and avert the danger.
South Africa had another great chance five minutes later when Mohlakoana received a pass in the box and her beautiful lob was parried away for a corner by the keeper.
Head coach Desiree Ellis made another substitution late in the match, replacing Chantelle Esau with Melinda Kgadiete, who was making her second appearance for Banyana Banyana after her debut against Sweden in Cape Town last month.
South Africa had the best of chances to score but failed to convert them and it ended 0-0 in Cyprus. The other Group C clash will be between Hungary and Korea DPR this evening (Wednesday, 28 February 2018)
Banyana Banyana will be in action again on Friday, 2 March when they take on Hungary at 18h00.
Banyana Banyana lined up:
Andile Dlamini (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Bambanani Mbane, Janine van Wyk (c), Linda Motlhalo, Refiloe Jane, Leandra Smeda (Kgaelebane Mohlakoana), Jermaine Seoposenwe, Thembi Kgatlana, Chantelle Esau (Melinda Kgadiete)