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Mollo on target again as Banyana beat Botswana to qualify for WACN
- Updated: April 13, 2016
Three second-leg goals saw red-hot Banyana Banyana comfortably qualifying for the 2016 Cameroon Women Africa Cup of Nations tournament as they beat Botswana 5-0 on aggregate on a cool evening at the Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Tuesday night.
The in-form South African senior women’s football side are one of two African teams, together with Zimbabwe, going to the 2016 Rio Olympics – and the qualification for the WACN cemented their claim as one of the fastest rising women’s teams.
There were two changes to the playing personnel from the weekend’s clash in Lobatse as Silindile Ngubane and Leandra Smeda made way for Lebo Ramalepe and Linda Motlhalo.
Leading 2-0 from the first leg in Botswana, the home team wanted to put the match to bed as early as possible and in the third minute Sanah Mollo lobbed over the bar from inside the box. Moments later she found herself face to face with the opposition goalkeeper but again failed to convert.
Urged on by a good crowd and a brass band on a vibrant East Rand evening, the Vera Pauw-led squad was always a threat when going for the attack.
After sustained pressure, Banyana Banyana were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute which was coolly converted by Mamello Makhabane to give the home side a 1-0 lead.
Seven minutes later, Mollo finished a well constructed move which saw her receive a delightful pass from captain Janine van Wyk before slotting past a stranded Lesedilame Bosija in the goals for Botswana, for a 2-0 scoreline on the nigh.
This was Mollo’s third goal in two matches after her first leg brace.
It was soon 3-0 when Nompumelelo Nyandeni’s vicious shot took a massive deflection giving the ‘keeper no chance as the home side started to put on a show.
At the break, the home side led 3-0 and with such a massive cushion, Banyana Banyana predictably took the foot off the pedal as they ran rings around the visitors.
Apart from qualifying for AWC, it was a night to remember for record-setting Banyana Banyana captain Janine van Wyk who was playing in her 127th match for the national team.
Pauw made three changes during the match, bringing on Thembi Kgatlana, Bambanani Mbane and Stephanie Malherbe for Linda Motlhalo, Noko Matlou and Nompumelelo Nyandeni respectively.
Mbane was making her debut, while Makhabane was chosen as the Diski Queen of the Match.
Since their first participation in the tournament in 1995, the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have been ever present in the Women Africa Cup of Nations.
Picture of Mollo celebrating her goal, courtesy of Sydney Mahlangu, Backpagepix
How South Africa lined up:
Roxanne Barker (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Noko Matlou (Bambanani Mbane), Janine Van Wyk (c), Mamello Makhabane, Linda Motlhalo (Thembi Kgatlana), Amanda Dlamini, Sanah Mollo, Refiloe Jane, Nompumelelo Nyandeni (Stephanie Malherbe)
Andile Dlamini (GK), Silindile Ngubane, Christina Thembi Kgatlana, Bambanani Mbane, Octavia Nogwanya, Leandra Smeda, Stephanie Malherbe