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Banyana Banyana defeated Namibia 2-1 in an international friendly women’s soccer match played in Windhoek on Saturday.

Goals by Leandra Smeda and Disebo Mametja, who ply their trade for the University of Western Cape and the University of Johannesburg respectively, were enough to hand the Sasol sponsored team the victory.

Thomalina Adams pulled one back for the home side.

Coach Vera Pauw made two changes from the team that beat Botswana 4ÔÇô0 last month. Noko Matlou returned to the starting XI and played alongside captain Janine Van Wyk in defence, while Disebo Mametja started her first match under Pauw on the right flank.

The Namibians were the first to threaten, getting the first shot at goal in the seventh minute, but the ball went just inches wide off Tokozile Mndaweni’s goals.

Banyana Banyana took almost half an hour to find their feet. Smeda found the back of the net in the 29th minute after Banyana Banana executed a well coordinated set piece from outside the box.

Refiloe Jane had an opportunity to extend the lead for Banyana just before the halftime break. She connected well with the ball inside the box, but her effort went wide off the goal post.

Mametja doubled the score for Banyana Banyana in the 60th minute with an easy tap-in.

Namibia pulled one back with 15 minutes of play remaining after a defensive error from Banyana Banyana.

ÔÇ£The ladies know what is expected of them now. The hard work that we have been putting in is starting to show. It was a tough game, Namibia has improved a lot, they are physical, but we managed to contain them,ÔÇØ said Pauw.

Banyana now continue with preparations for the African Women’s Championships which are scheduled for Namibia from 11-25 October this year.

Picture: www.albertonrecord.co.za


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