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Andisiwe strikes as Banyana beat Senegal
- Updated: November 1, 2012
Banyana Banyana bounced back to victorious ways on Wednesday, beating Senegal 1-0 in the CAF African Women’s Championship in Equatorial Guinea.
After losing their opening match to the host nation in Malabo at the weekend, striker Andisiwe Mgcoyi scored the only goal of the match to keep her team’s title hopes alive in Group A action.
The tall Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (Sasol League Gauteng) player finished off a good move after a period of extensive Banyana Banyana pressure in the 70th minute, to give the South Africans a hard-fought and much-needed win.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, who were part of Team South Africa at the London Olympics, will leave the island for the mainland on Thursday to prepare for their final Group A, fixture, against the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bata on Saturday.
This was Senegal’s second defeat in the tournament, having gone down 1-0 to the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday.
Fielding an attack-minded formation, the South Africans had too much pace on the flanks for Senegal, with Nothando Vilakazi ÔÇô moved from left back defender to left wing for the match ÔÇô causing lot of trouble among the Senegalese defenders.
Banyana Banyana’s midfield dominated possession and the South Africans could have had a healthy advantage by half-time. In the seventh minute, the livewire Mgcoyi latched on to a superb through-ball to beat the Senegalese offside trap but saw her attempted lob going narrowly wide with┬á advancing goalkeeper Mariane Fall well beaten.
Portia Modise, playing her 100th international game, was in attacking mood, but was also thwarted by some good goalkeeping by Fall.
In the second half, Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza continued his offensive approach with Bloemfontein Celtics Ladies (Sasol League Free State) striker Sanah Mollo and Durban Ladies (Sasol League KwaZulu Natal) goal-hungry Silindile Ngubane coming on for Noko Matlou and Nocawe Skiti respectively and playing key roles in forcing the Senegalese side back into their own half for long periods of play.
Spurs WFC (Sasol League Western Cape) speedster Jermaine Seoposenwe replaced Mgcoyi in the final minutes of the match and also looked dangerous on the attack.