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Jermaine’s double jolts Gabon as Banyana win 3-2
- Updated: May 23, 2015
Banyana Banyana got their Rio 2016 Olympic women’s football qualifiers campaign off to a winning start with a 3-2 win over Gabon in Libreville on Saturday.
A brace by USA-based striker, Jermaine Seoposenwe and a goal by Sanah Mollo saw the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana return home from the Stade Augustin Monedan Stadium with a positive result from the first leg.
The home side put the visitors under pressure in the opening minutes of the match, forcing them to concede a penalty as early as the third minute. Captain Winnie Mapangou put Gabon into the lead from a spot kick after Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini was adjudged to have brought a player down in the box following a defensive error from the South Africans.
Banyana Banyana had a chance to level the score in the 15th minute, but a header inside the box was easily dealt with by the Gabonese keeper.
Seoposenwe equalised in the 25th minute as she beat the off-side trap before hitting the back of the net.
The South African women picked up momentum before the half hour mark with Seoposenwe coming close to extending the lead in the 25th minute, but her header landed in the hands of the keeper.
The striker made up for her earlier miss when she put Banyana Banyana into the lead in the 35th minute – tapping in after the keeper parried Refiloe Jane’s shot. The visitors led 2-1 at the break.
Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Rhoda Mulaudzi registered her first cap when she came on for Amanda Dlamini at the start of the second half.
Gabon got back on level terms in the 71st minute following another defensive error – after the visitors failed to clear from a set-piece.But the South Africans restored their lead three minutes later with a Mollo goal.
Both teams pushed for more goals in the dying minutes of the game, but Banyana Banyana held on for an important 3-2 victory.
The win sees South Africa go into the return leg at Dobsonville, Soweto next Sunday with an advantage of three away goals.