Goals from Hildah Magaia, Thembi Kgatlana, and Sibulele Holweni handed Banyana Banyana of South Africa a 3-0 win over Black Queens of Ghana at the 2021 Aisha Buhari Invitational Friendly.
South Africa coach, Desiree Ellis started the game with more experienced players who have had World Cup exposure.
Black Queens of Ghana gaffer, Mercy Tagoe gave starting shirts to mostly home–based players couples with some players who are considering retirement.
It was Banyana Banyana with an early threat as Coleman Ellen was forced to cleared the ball from the goal line to prevent the opponent from going ahead in the seventh minute.
Minutes later, Thembi Kgatlana’s one-on-one chance against Ghanaian goalkeepers, Fafali Dumehasi hit the crossbar for Hilda Magaia to opened the scoring for the South Africans in the 18th minute.
Asantewaa Grace had a chance to level the scoreline two minutes later but Swart Kaylin was quick enough to avert the danger.
The game stayed balanced with the two sides threatening on attack and focused in defense. Banyana Banyana kept the lead as the whistle goes for halftime.
After the interval, Mercy Tagoe made the first tactical substitution of the game when Konadu Adjei Vivian replaced Opoku Sonia.
Konadu Adjei Vivian swung into action immediately after receiving a pass from Asantewaa Grace but her attempt was saved by Swart Kaylin.
South Africa however doubled the lead in the 53rd minute through an effortless run down the left flank by Thembi Kgatlana. The former African Footballer of the Year, moved past Coleman Ellen and Fafali Dumehasi to slot home.
Seven minutes from full time, Sibulele Holweni increased South Africa’s lead to three with a free header from Rafiloe Jane’s corner kick.
3-0 it ended as Ghana bowed to South Africa.
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