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Banyana go down 1-0 to hosts in Equatorial Guinea
- Updated: October 29, 2012
Banyana Banyana opened their CAF African Women’s Football Championships with a narrow 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in Malabo on Sunday.
The game was played in mud-bath conditions and the host nation’s goal came from Gloria Chinasa in the 38th minute of the Group A match as SA ‘keeper Thoko Mndaweni was powerless to keep the header out.
This is Banyana’s third consecutive defeat to Equatorial Guinea after having lost in the 2008 final and then the semi-final of the African Championships here in South Africa two years ago.
Midfielder Portia Modise, who scored a cracking goal against Sweden in Banyana’s Olympic campaign in London earlier this year, celebrated her 100th match for Banyana.
But neither she nor fellow striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi and Noko Matlou were able to trouble the home defence unduly.
Matlou suffered a second half injury scare and was sent to hospital with a neck injury.
Coach Joseph Mkhonza now has to rally his team for their next match against Senegal, also in Maloba, on Wednesday. Their final group match will be against DR Congo on 3 November.