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High fives as Banyana win Olympic qualifier against Gabon
- Updated: June 1, 2015
Banyana Banyana moved into the third round of the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers following a 5-0 victory over Gabon in Dobsonville on Sunday.
The senior national women’s football team won the first leg 3-2 in Libreville last weekend to go through 8-2 on aggregate.
Head coach Vera Pauw made no changes to the starting team that won the away match.
A brace by Jermaine Seoposenwe and a goal each by Sanah Mollo, Amanda Dlamini and Refiloe Jane was enough to give the South Africans victory.
Banyana started strongest and an early goal came in the eighth minute. Seposenwe scored a beautiful goal after receiving a pass from defender Noko Matlou, beat a Gabonese defence with pace and slotted in the opener.
Jane and Dlamini had chances to score in the 20th minute but their efforts were dealt with by the Gabon goalkeeper and defence respectively.
Dlamini made up for it in two minutes later, extending Banyana Banyana’s lead to 2-0. Her shot on the edge of the box found the back of the net after some great combination play by the midfielders.
Jane also got in on the act when she added her name to the score sheet – 3-0 to Banyana Banyana – for her third goal in South African colours. It was a great goal that came after she turned a defender inside out and then coolly slotted the ball home.
In the dying minutes of the half, Banyana goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini – who was up to this point a spectator – made a great save to keep the home side in a comfortable lead at the break.
After the break Dlamini’s shot flew into the keeper’s hands in the 52nd minute, while a header went over the cross-bar three minutes later.
A short while later Seoposenwe completed her brace when Mollo’s shot rebounded off the cross bar, fell into her path, and she put the ball away – 4-0 to South Africa.
Mollo put the final nail on the coffin with a great header after receiving a well-taken cross from Jane in 77th minute.
Pauw made three second half changes to maintain South Africa’s stranglehold on the match – Silindile Ngubane, Shiwe Nogwanya and Lerato Kgasago all came on for Dlamini, Seoposenwe and Nothando Vilakazi respectively.
Banyana Banyana now take on Kenya in the next round after the East Africans defeated Botswana 1-0 in the second leg in Kenya. Botswana won the first leg 2-1 in Gaborone, and Kenya go through on an away goal rule.
The third round clash is scheduled for July.