Banyana and Bantwana on target

BANYANA Banyana and Bantwana made South Africa proud at the weekend after winning their matches at Katlehong Stadium.

BANYANA Banyana and Bantwana made South Africa proud at the weekend after winning their matches at Katlehong Stadium.

The South African women's U-17 team moved a step closer to making history by defeating Tunisia 1-0 in the 2010 Fifa U-17 Women's World Cup first leg qualifier.

The overall winners of this match will join Nigeria and Ghana as the three countries to represent Africa at the Fifa Under-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago in September.

South Africa's goal came in the 88th minute when Alice Khosa beat Tunisia's offside trap and calmly side-footed the ball past Tunisia's goalkeeper, Ben Sassi Mariem.

Bantwana coach Solly Luvhengo said: "Tunisia came here to defend and not concede a goal as they spent most of the time on the ground trying to kill our momentum.

"We are going to Tunisia with one thing in mind - to beat the Tunisians in their own back yard and make history by becoming the first (SA) women's team to qualify for a Fifa event."

Luvhengo added that the technical team knows what is required going forward and what to expect.

Banyana Banyana defeated neighbours Namibia 4-1 in an international friendly at the same venue in an earlier match.

Former African Player of the Year Noko Matlou, Sana Mollo, Mamphasha Popela and Leandra Smeda scored for Banyana Banyana.

Substitute Thomalina Adams replied for Namibia.

Matlou said: "It was good for us to win the match. It is part of our preparations for the 2010 African Women's Championships here in South Africa in September."

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