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Refiloe rifles home the winner as Banyana beat Zimbabwe
- Updated: May 16, 2016
A wonder strike by rising super star Refiloe Jane was the difference between Banyana Banyana and Zimbabwe in an international women’s football friendly in Tembisa on Sunday.
The match, played at a vibrant Makhulong Stadium, featured the two African sides which will represent the continent at the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics in August.
In a match that was played in chilly weather conditions, Jane received a cross from Lebogang Ramalepe in the 61st minute and rifled home a low shot that gave visiting ‘keeper Lindiwe Magwede absolutely no chance.
Despite only enjoying a few scoring chances, Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw must have left Tembisa a happy individual with the type of the workout by her charges ahead of their trip to Netherlands in two weeks time.
Banyana play two friendly matches in Holland on 4 June and 7 June in what would be a stern test for the Olympics-bound Banyana Banyana.
The home side went on the attack from the word go and in the 12th minute, Sanah Mollo went on a mazy run but her tantalising cross found no takers inside the box when the Zimbabwe defence were on sixes and sevens.
It was in the opening stanza in which Amanda Dlamini, who later fizzled out of the game, Linda Motlhalo and Mollo asked all sorts of questions but very few clear-cut chances came for either side.
However, Mollo could have done better in the 36th minute when she found herself face to face with Magwede but delayed her shot before the visitors cleared the danger.
On the stroke of half-time, Mollo was again at fault when she took too long to pull the trigger and was eventually dispossessed.
Mpumi Nyandeni’s long range shot soon after the resumption was well-saved by Magwede but nothing was going to stop Jane from stealing the show.