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- Updated: October 5, 2015
Banyana Banyana’s drought of goals continued at the weekend with a goal-less draw against Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of their Olympic qualifier at the Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa.
The hosts created the better chances but failed to convert those that came their way as they go into the second leg away from home without a single goal to defend.
In their two pool games at the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo, Banyana drew 1-1 with Cameroon and 0-0 against Ghana. They then played a friendly against Tanzania and were again unable to find the net.
This means they have now gone 270 minutes without scoring.
The first of the clear-cut chances against Equatorial Guinea came in the 34th minute when defender Noko Matlou out-jumped everyone only to see her header go wide from a corner kick.
Three minutes later, the home team was caught napping but goalkeeper Roxanne Barker, who had a blinder of a game, made a brilliant save to deny Equatorial Guinea.
Banyana Banyana had another great opportunity in the 40th minute after a good build-up which started from the back. It resulted in a great defence-splitting pass from Sanah Mollo which was met by veteran Refiloe Jane who out-sprinted the defence and shot past the visiting keeper, only for the upright to deny her a precious goal.
Soon after resumption, Jane was back in the thick of things – following a defensive blunder from Equatorial Guinea but she hurried her shot and it went narrowly wide.
In the 62nd minute South Africa was denied what looked like a clear penalty when Mollo was hacked in the box after she had beaten her marker, but the referee waved play on.
What followed was perhaps the biggest miss of the day – another cross from Mollo which was left by Jane for Jermaine Seoposenwe, back on international duty from the United States, who fired her shot over the bar.
And that’s that how it ended at Makhulong Stadium. The two teams now meet again on 18 October 2015 at Estadio de Bata. The winner of this match qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.
Picture of Seoposenwe and Equatorial Guinea’s Noah Soares Parente Adriana courtesy of Sydney Mahlangu/Backpagepix.