South Africa Women’s National U/17 side began their World Cup Qualifiers campaign with a 5-2 stunning victory over Botswana at Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday 1 December 2017.
Botswana qualified for this round after beating Zambia 6-5 on aggregate, Zambia won 5-2 at home but Botswana managed to bounce back to record a 4-0 victory in the return leg.
Bantwana’s goals came from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade and an own goal scored by Tshegofatso Mosotho as Simphiwe Dludlu’s cruise ship of debutants clinched a victory.
Dlamini and Mzoneli opened the goal scoring account with each goal scored in the 1st and 15th minute of the game respectively.
The hosts Botswana found a redemption goal from Leungo Senweo in the 40th minute but it was not good enough as Mosotho’s goal favoured Bantwana before the end of the first half.
Minnies and Wade followed with swift goals in the second half to make it count for Bantwana. Hence Botswana got their second goal to find comfort after an anticipated away takeover from Bantwana.
With a 5-2 victory in the first leg of the qualifiers, Dludlu might find relaxation following her concerns over the little knowledge about their opponents while they also have lacked a proper warmup match in their preparation for this encounter.
Bantwana will face a wounded side of Botswana with the second leg scheduled after two weeks on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.