21 February 2023 – Banyana Banyana clawed their way back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Slovenia in a tightly-contested Turkish Women’s Cup match in Antalya, Turkey, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Central Europeans were the first to get their name on the Emirhan Sport Complex scoreboard when Adrijana Mori scored the opening goal of the match in the 13th minute. The SASOL-sponsored South African senior women’s team dug deep and never dropped their heads during the tough encounter between two very determined sides.

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges knuckled down to some hard work and continued to search for the equalizer while also keeping the visibly confident Slovenians at bay. TheAfrican champions were rewarded when Hildah Magaia equalized in the 76th minutes to bring Banyana Banyana on level terms. Ellis will be happy with the test that was provided by Slovenia as the tough Europeans made their opponents work very hard for a share of the spoils. 

Ellis had promised to make changes to the team that beat Uzbekistan 3-0 on Saturday and started the match with Jermaine Seoposenwe, Bambamani Mbane, Gabriela Salgado and Linda Motlhalo on the bench. Ellis had said she wanted to give other players a run in Turkey, and Noko Matlou, Melinda Kgadiete, Asande Hadebe and Kholosa Biyana were given an opportunity to impress.