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Kgatlana strike helps Banyana beat Hungary in Cyprus

The Banyana Banyana national women’s side upped the tempo to beat Hungary 1-0 in their second match of the 2018 Cyprus Women’s Cup on Friday.

The match was played at the Tasos Markos Stadium in Paralimni, Cyprus and the win took Banyana Banyana to four points after two rounds of matches.

Head coach Desiree Ellis made five changes to the team that drew 0-0 against Slovakia in the opening match, and the move paid dividends.

Banyana Banyana looked fresh and had many free-flowing movements. Roxanne Barker came in for Andile Dlamini in goal, while Rachel Sebati, Kgaelebane Mohlakoana, Melinda Kgadiete and Sduduzo Dlamini replaced Linda Motlhalo, Leandra Smeda, Jermaine Seoposenwe and Chantelle Esau.

Mohlakoana made Banyana Banyana’s intention very clear early in the first half when she sent in a fierce shot but it went wide of the Hungary goal.

Lebohang Ramalepe was the next to test the opposition goalkeeper but her shot was saved. Hungary also fired a ferocious shot at Barker but found her alert.

However, there was no denying Thembi Kgatlana in the 21st minute. She was set free with a delightful pass, left her marker for dead and slotted the ball past the advancing Biro Barbara in the Hungary goals to give Banyana Banyana a 1-0 lead at the break.

South Africa suffered a setback when Dlamini was stretchered off after she was fouled in the 51st minute and Esau replaced her.

Sensing defeat, the Europeans sent everyone into attack. They were almost rewarded when their strike hit the cross bar, and the ball was cleared, helping Banyana Banyana survive.

South Africa made another forced substitution when Thembi Kgatlana had to leave the field injured and Smeda took her place.

The game moved from end to end, with both teams attacking each but no real chances created.

In the end, South Africa got their first three points of the tournament – to leave them second in the group with four points.

In the other clash played earlier in the day, South Korea defeated Slovakia 1-0 to take control of Group C. The Asian side are now on six points after two rounds of matches.

Banyana Banyana’s third and final group stage match will against South Korea at 1pm on Monday.
Hungary will face Slovakia in the later kickoff at 18h00.

Picture of Csiszar Henrietta of Hungary being challenged by Bambanani Mbane of South Africa  courtesy of Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

This his how Banyana lined up: Roxanne Barker (GK), Lebohang Ramalepe, Nothando Vilakazi, Bambanani Mbane, Janine van Wyk (c), Rachel Sebati, Refiloe Jane, Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (Jermaine Seoposenwe), Thembi Kgatlana (Leandra Smeda), Melinda Kgadiete, Sduduzo Dlamini (Chantelle Esau)

Subs: Andile Dlamini (GK), Kaylin Swart (GK), Noko Matlou, Zanele Nhlapho, Regina Mogolola, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Linda Motlhalo, Leandra Smeda, Jermaine Seoposenwe, Chantelle Esau

Coach: Desiree Ellis