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SA footballers lose opening matches at World Student Games
- Updated: July 3, 2015
South Africa got their 2015 World Student Games campaign underway on Thursday with both the men’s and women’s football side losing their first matches in Gwangju, China, writes Mark Etheridge.
The South African women went down 1-0 to the United States in their first round Group D match while the men lost 3-1 to France in Group B.
In the men’s match Pretoria University’s Lindsay Stowman put the South Africans ahead with a sixth minute goal but that was cancelled out in the 18th minute by France’s Valentin Sanson.
The French went on to add two second half goals by Maxime Oliveri (46th minute) and Hugues Matumona in the 72nd minute.
South Africa’s next match is against Ukraine on Sunday. Ukraine beat Mexico 1-0 in their opening match.
In the women’s match a goal scored by midfielder Lauren Milliet in the 35th minute separated the two sides in the match played at the Honam University Field.
The South Africans, captained by Banyana Banyana player Refiloe Jane, put up a good fight in their first match, with possession shared equally, but the US created more chances, 13 attempts compared to six by their opponents.
It was a clean match with no yellow or red cards issued.
The second half saw three substitutions for the South Africans as they chased the equaliser, midfielder Koketso Mamabolo was first to be taken off for fellow midfielder Maphuti Manamela. There followed two switches in the last 10 minutes as first Thalea Smidt made way for Emily Moholoholo and then Sduduzo Dlamini went off for Elizabeth Msahilo.
In the other Pool D game, Canada beat France 2-0 to top the table. South Africa next take on Canada on Saturday.