The SA U20 Women’s National Team, Basetsana, cruised past Botswana with a 1-0 win at the Molepololo Sport Complex just outside Gaborone of Friday afternoon. This result means Basetsana go into the next round of qualifiers of the 2016 U20 FIFA World Cup with an aggregate of 9-1 victory.
The South Africans came to Botswana leading 8-1 from their home leg match and they did not rest on their laurels as they went in search of more goals. The first half was rather entertaining with the South Africans creating many chances but failing to convert any of them.
Nomathamsanqa Sikweza had more scoring chances in the first half but most of her efforts went wide or over the goal post. Botswana was rather quiet in the 18th yard of South Africa as most of their play was eliminated in the midfield.
The second half kicked off on a rather slow pace with South Africa still asking questions and finally got a reply in the 48th minute when Nomathansanqa Sikweza got the goal she was searching for taking the goal aggregate to 9-1 in favour of South Africa.
Both teams made a few changes during the last 20 minutes hoping to find that killer pass but the South Africans showed that they dominated the match from the first whistle.
“Once again we created a lot of chance but did not convert,” said coach Sheryl Botes, we only managed one goal behind the net therefore there is still a lot of work to do before our next round of qualifies against Zambia. Botswana made it hard for us to play in the first half as they played long balls and pushes three strikers upfront making it hard for us to play our style. The girls were much better in the second half but we have seen some areas that still need work.”
South African starting XI: Mapaseka Mpuru; Amanda Mthandi; Tiisetso Makhubela; Chamelle Wiltshire; Linda Motlhalo; Nomathamsanqa Sikweza; Amogelanga Motau (c ); Gabriella Salgado; Bongeka Gamede; Anelisa Ndyebi; Puleng Moremi
Substitutions: Regirl Ngobeni; Caryn Van Reyneveldt; Thato Letsoso; Mosili Makhoali; Drishana Pillay; Lelona Daweti; Thalea Smidt
Botswana staring XI: Refilwe Matlho; Masego Koboto;Sedilame Bosija ;Kesego Matlhatsa; Kefilwe Tholekele (c ); Warona Molete; Nancy Baeletsi; Kefilwe Lentswe; Semphete Segwati; Gonayamodimo Macha; Oratile Baraedi
Substitutions: Marea Muchenge; Tlamelo Pheresi; Boitshoko Moalosi; Segolame Kampedi; Banyana Thekiso; Wame Letshelea; Vivian Moshomane; Gorata Morekolodi; Kelebogile Magaga.