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Mollo’s double sends delighted Banyana to brink of AWCN qualification
- Updated: April 10, 2016
The Banyana Banyana South African women’s football side are just 90 minutes away from qualifying for the 2016 Cameroon Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCN).
Banyana Banyana defeated neighbours Botswana 2-0 at the Lobatse Sports Complex in Botswana on Saturday.
The visitors were favourites to emerge victorious from the encounter but the hosts made it very difficult for them.
Striker Sanah Mollo had South Africa’s best chance in the first half when she was free on goal but shot wide in the 30th minute.
Botswana looked very solid, organised and very determined – and were in total control of the first half with Banyana Banyana defending with everything they had and managed to hold on until the halftime break.
At the start of the second stanza, South Africa’s coach Vera Pauw brought on Thembi Kgatlana for Silindile Ngubane – but the former lasted only eight minutes on the pitch as she was carried off with an ankle sprain.
Her place was taken by Shiwe Nogwanya.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana outfit then upped their tempo and were rewarded with a goal in the 69th minute from Mollo – her powerful strike hitting the upright and then bouncing off the back of the Botswana goalkeeper to go into the net.
From here on South Africa took complete control of the game as the home side slowed down.
Linda Motlhalo was brought in to take the place of Nompulelo Nyandeni and Mollo then registered her second of the day and second for Banyana Banyana when she found the back of the net in the 73rd minute – by that time the hosts didn’t look like they would come back.
And that is how it ended with South Africa having an advantage going into Tuesday’s second leg at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa. Kick-off is at 7pm.