By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
Banyana Banyana’s preparations for the 7th African Women championships (AWC) gained momentum when they beat neighbours, Zimbabwe 4-0 on Sunday, October 24.
Playing in front of the packed Makhulong Stadium in Thembisa, the Augustine “Mthakathi” Makalakalane’s led charges started the match like a house on fire, searching for an early lead but only to be let down by their forwards who were either shooting wide or straight into the hands of the Zimbabwean goalkeeper Chido Dzingirai.
Noko Matlou, CAF’s reigning African Player of the Year finally got right with only ten minutes remaining before the break, scoring a beautiful goal with a good strike, beating the be-wildered Dzingirai much to the roar of the mighty crowd and president Jacob Zuma who was also in attendence.
Matlou’s fellow Limpopo teammate, Mamphasha Popela kept fans on their toes again when she made it 2-0 closer to the end of first half.
Banyana came back fuming in the second half to carry over where they left, scoring their third goal via Amanda Dlamini.
As if that was not enough, Jermain Seoposenwe proved that it was not over until the last fat lady sings when she hammered the last nail on top of the visitors’ coffin. This after the 17 year-old second half half super sub who was making her debut in the senior team timed run on the right side of the pitch, before scoring from a tight angle past Dzingirai.
Seoposenwe looked calm and confident out on the pitch at the highest level, showing maturity well beyond her age and the age group international football she is accustomed to having represented the Bantwana national side at the FIFA girls under 17 World Cup held in Trinidad and Tobago in the in September this year.
The international friendly was the perfect send-off for the Sasol-sponsored queens of diski, as they look to finish among the top two sides at the CAF African Women Championship 2010 which will take place in Ekurhuleni, near Johannesburg from October 31 to November 14. Africa’s top two countries will compete at the 2011 FIFA women’s World Cup in Germany next June.