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Bantwana sent flying by powerful Flamingos
- Updated: March 14, 2016
South Africa’s Bantwana national women’s Under-17 football team lost 6-0 to the Flamingos of Nigeria in Abuja at the weekend in the first leg of the final round of the U17 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
And with that heavy defeat, it will take a herculean effort to overturn the huge deficit for the South Africans in the return leg in two weeks time.
Bantwana had not played an official match due to the withdrawal of Zambia earlier this year and lack of match fitness showed from the word go against the fitter and bigger Nigerians.
The Flamingos of Nigeria went into halftime leading 6-0 with two players dominating play in the first half.
Atinuke Fajobi scored a brace in the second and 33rd minute while captain Busayo Ajibade scored four goals in the 26th, 30th, 35th and 42nd minutes.
Bantwana coach Maud Khumalo said the scoreline was a rude awakening for her charges.
‘This was always going to be a tough ask of the girls considering they haven’t played an international match up to this stage, but such is football.
‘I believe we gave the Nigerians too much respect in the first half. We also had a lapse in concentration and lack to communication in the first half but in the second half we played to our strengths.
‘We showed that we can hold them and with more practice, we believe we have what it takes to do better in the second leg,’ said Khumalo.
The second leg of the tie will take place on 26 March 2015, at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
Kick-off is scheduled for 2pm.