Dlamini header secures win for Banyana
Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini scored the only goal of the match to give her side victory over Zimbabwe in an international friendly played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Saturday.
Dlamini headed home six minutes into the second half from a neatly played cross from the right hand side of the field, from second half substitute Silindile Ngubane, who was made her Banyana Banyana debut.
Striker Ngubane, who was brought on in the second half for Nocawe Skiti, made an instant impact as she gave her side plenty of options on attack.
Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni pulled off several impressive saves to deny the Zimbabweans from equalising and was deservedly named ’Diski Queen’ (Player of the Match).
Speaking after the match, Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza said he was pleased to grab the win over a strong Zimbabwe outfit.
“The Zimbabweans are always a tough side to play, either at home or away,” Mkhonza said.
“But the match gave us an opportunity to try out several combinations ahead of the CAF African Women Championship.”
The win over the Zimbabweans, ended Banyana Banyana’s run of defeats against their neighbours, having lost in the Cosafa Cup final and the Unity Day celebrations, both played in Harare last year.
Banyana will face the Zimbabweans again on Tuesday, with the matches forming part of the national team’s preparations ahead of the eight nation CAF African Women Championship in Equatorial Guinea from October 28.
Banyana have been drawn in Group A and will face hosts Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on October 28.