Banyana downed in the US

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Mary Alice Vignola of USA wins header against Lebohang Ramalepe of South Africa during the women’s international friendly between USA and South Africa at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati on 21 September 2023 ©Mark Lyons/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana suffered a crushing 3-0 defeat at the hands of the United States of America in an international friendly match played at the TQL Stadium in Cincinati, Ohio, on Friday morning.

Coach Desiree Ellis’ charges started well and looked lively in the opening 30 minutes of the match, but it was after Lynn Williams’ opening goal for the former world champions in the 32nd minute that saw Banyana’s confidence levels drop.

There was a noticeable lapse in concentration after Williams’ goal and the Americans quickly extended their lead two minutes later when Trinity Rodman slotted past South African goalkeeper Kaylin Swart.

Williams completed her brace just before halftime and the home side was firmly in the driving seat at the break.

There were very few threatening opportunities from the South African senior women’s team in the second half and Ellis made a few changes with the hopes of bouncing back. It was not to be and the hosts won the match by a comfortable 3-0 final score.

Speaking after the match, Ellis said that her charges suffered a lapse in concentration but she will build on the positives when the two teams face off again in the second match in Chicago on Sunday.

“We always speak about picking up and if you look at the first goal, we did not pick up. You look at the second goal, marking on the wrong side and it came quickly after the first goal. Even the third goal, we didn’t pick up and those are moments of lapses of concentration,” Ellis said.

Banyana will travel to Chicago on Saturday morning and take on the USA on Sunday night, in what will serve as a farewell match for US Women’s national soccer team legend, Megan Rapinoe.

Written by: Ntsako Mukhari

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