Cosafa Women’s Championship title holders Banyana Banyana began their title defence in fine style, beating Angola 2-0 in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth.
South Africa had to work hard for their win as they came up against a resolute Angola defence, their numerous forays towards the visitors’ box held at bay by the powerful defenders.
The breakthrough did finally come in the 39th minutes though as a cross from the right was turned into the net by 18-year-old Lonathemba Mhlongo, whose deft touch was needed to take it away from Angola goalkeeper Rita.
Mhlongo later had a header cleared off the line, but it was 2-0 just past the hour-mark as a raking cross to the back post was bundled over the line by substitute Karabo Dlamini, with some help from the post.
Meanwhile, Eswatini rallied from two goals down to claim a 4-2 success over Comoros Islands in the earlier fixture of the day.
The action continues on Wednesday when last year’s finalists Zambia begin their Group B campaign against Lesotho (kick-off 12h30) while the second game of the day sees the return of Zimbabwe as they take on East African guest nation Tanzania (kick-off 15h30).
By FARPost Reporter