South Africa/Zimbabwe: Banyana Fail to Fire in 0-0 Draw in Cameroon
Interim coach Desiree Ellis certainly won’t be happy with Banyana Banyana’s start to the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations football competition in Cameroon on Saturday night.
What was surely expected to be a relatively comfortable opening Group A match against neighbours Zimbabwe, ended in a disappointing goalless draw in Yaounde.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana had numerous chances to take the lead as Thembi Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo combined excellently in the first half, however, none of their efforts came to fruition.
It’s an ongoing problem with the national women’s side. Remember, they also failed to find the net in their three matches at the Olympics in Rio earlier this year.
Kgatlana who scored her first brace just last week against the Mighty Warriors in a friendly match in Harare, was denied countless chances.
Goalkeeper Andile Dlamini put up a great display in the match and made countless crucial saves to keep South Africa in the game.
Ellis brought in Jermanie Seoposenwe earlier in the second half to try and inspire the flow of the match.
Her presence was quickly felt but the goals failed to come. Andiswe Mgcoyi was brought in for Nompumelelo Nyandeni in the 74th minute to try and use her height to the advantage of Banyana Banyana, but this too did not bring any luck to the team.
‘All we can do is keep working. We tried our best but the goals just didn’t come our way. We could have played another 20 minutes and still not managed to get the ball in the back of the net,’ said Ellis.
Banyana will face host nation Cameroon in their second match of group A on Tuesday (17:00 SA time).
Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee.