BY ELLIOT MATHYE
Banyana Banyana went on a rampage, hammering Mali 4-0 on their way to qualify for the semi finals of the 7th CAF African Women Championships.
The electrified match at the full to the rafters Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on Sunday, November 7 started on a blistering note both side threateneing to get an early lead, however it was the SA side that celebrated at the end of the day.
Banyana stole the limelight as the game progressed and started to enjoy the upper hand, knowing very well that even a draw would see them in the semis as they had a goal difference advantage as opposed to their opponents on the day.
For their effort of hard-working, the Augustine “Mthakathi” Makalakalane’s charges broke the ice via Amanda Dlamini’s fine header. This after Dlamini, a student at the University of Johannesburg had connected a well taken coarner kick by Nocawe Skiti, much to the roaring crowd who had packed the revamped historical Sinaba Stadium.
The home side could have doubled their lead, but Skiti’s attempt at goal went straight into the Mali goalkeepers’ arms.
The second half saw the visitors fighting like a wounded lion, but only to be neutralised by SA’ solid defense led by Janine “Booth” van Wyk, Kyne Anne-Louw and Simphiwe “Shorty” Dludlu who were guarding their goalkeeper, Thoko Mndaweni like a jealous husband.
Mali’s nightmare turned to reality as Dlamini doubled Banyana’s score-line in the 77th minute after she had received a good pass from sensational Jermaine Seoposenwe who had taken Mali defenders on a merry-go-round before crossing the ball that found Dlamini who made no mistake.
Mali thought Banyana were done for the day but were stunned when Seoposenwe registered her name on the score sheet much to the delight of the home side’s fans who celebrated in style.
It must be pointed out that fans were revelation to the performance of our girls by coming in large numbers to rally behind them since the CAF kick-off.
Adding salt to Mali’s wounds was central defender Amanda Sister, who in the last five minutes of the game, finished off a well taken free kick to end the visitors hopes of ever reaching the finals.
Outspoken Banyana coach, Augustine “Mthakathi” Makalakalane said after the game: “We came into this game prepared and I am very happy with the team’s performance. I hope they will show the same confidence and strengths in our next game”, he said.