Matlou scores brace as Banyana beat Zambia

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Banyana Banyana comfortably beat Zambia 3-1 thanks to a brace by Noko Matlou and a goal by Thembi Kgatlana in an international friendly at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

South Africa came back from one goal down in what was their first match of the year as they last played in November 2020 in the Cosafa Women’s Championship, which they won.

It was also the first appearance in just over a year for Matlou and Kgatlana in Banyana colours – they last donned the national team jersey in the clash against Japan in 2019.

In an evenly-contested match, Zambia took the lead in the 17th minute when star striker and captain Barbra Banda hit a long-range thunderous shot that beat Banyana captain Andile Dlamini.

However, the hosts were not to be outdone – and it took defender Matlou to restore parity with a header, reminding all of her prolific days as a striker that saw her become the first South African to be crowned the Caf African Women’s Player of the Year in 2008.

She was not yet done. Matlou combined with Kgatlana in the 39th minute to grab her brace and Banyana’s second to make it 2-1.

Three minutes later (42nd) Kgatlana increased the lead when she beat the Zambia goalkeeper (Ngambo Musole), and then rounded off a defender to slot the ball into an empty net.

The SD Eibar striker could have also scored her second of the day but was denied by the crossbar in the 63rd minute.

Banyana next face Botswana in another international friendly match scheduled for Tuesday, 10 April 2021 at the same venue.

Kickoff is at 15h00.

By FARPost Reporter

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