Banyana Banyana’s maiden voyage

Unfortunately, the Banyana Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk, was penalised because of a handball.

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Banyana Banyana played in their first ever Fifa Women’s World Cup match against Spain on Saturday, 8 June, at Stade Oceane, Le Havre, France.
Everyone’s nerves were on edge and nails were being bitten. After 25 minutes the first goal was scored and dreams were realised. Striker, Thembi Kgatlana, gracefully and brilliantly chipped the ball past the Spanish goalkeeper, Sandra Panos, in the left edge of the penalty area. Halftime saw Banyana Banyana in the lead on the scoreboard 1 – 0.
Unfortunately, the Banyana Banyana captain, Janine van Wyk, was penalised because of a handball. She was penalised with a penalty kick and the score was levelled by the Spanish striker, Jennifer Hermoso. The game had everyone on edge from this point on.
The first red card of the tournament was given to South Africa’s own Nothando Vilakazi after a VAR (video assisted referee decision) and another penalty was awarded to Spain. Jennifer Hermoso again converted and doubled Spain’s score to 2 – 1.
The last goal of the game was converted by Spain’s Lucia Garcia. South African goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini, was rounded and the goal converted. This goal sealed the deal for the Spanish team, taking the victory home: 3 – 1.
Banyana Banyana started the match with nothing to lose, considering this was their maiden voyage into the competitive world that is the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Almost two thirds of the 1.3 million world cup tickets have already been sold and several matches are sold out. South Africa is behind you ladies and supporting the team every step of the way!
Banyana Banyana’s next Group B match will be on Wednesday, 12 June, against China at 21:00 SA time. – Ané Prinsloo

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