Banyana ease past Comoros

The South African Women’s National Team, Sasol Banyana Banyana demolished Comoros 13-0 in the first leg of the African Women’s Championship qualifier match, played on Friday, 23 May at the Stade Said Mohamed Cheikh Stadium.

Portia Modise and Leandra Smeda scored four goals respectively on the day, while Sanah Mollo registered two goals. Mamello Makhabane, Nomathemba Ntsibande and Shiwe Nogwanya slotted home a goal each.

Coach Vera Pauw made no changes to the team that lost 1-0 to the Black Queens of Ghana in the international friendly.

Veteran striker Portia Modise opened the scoring for Sasol Banyana Banyana15 minutes into the game.

The heat and artificial turf did not seem to be much of a hindrance for Vera Pauw’s charges as they continued with their dominance over Comoros.

Modise doubled the lead in the 20th minute before Leandra Smeda extended the score to three with a beautiful header from inside the box.

Sanah Mollo also registered her name in the score sheet in the first stanza before Modise made it 5-0 with minutes left before the half time break.

Sasol Banyana Banyana returned from the break and continued with their impressive form, scoring eight goals in the second half.

“We prepared very well for the match, and I’m happy that the ladies have started finding the back of the net. We did not change the team, but we also gave other players a chance in the second half. We were dominating the game, the was not much competition from the start,” Said Pauw.

“Today was a good day for Women’s football and South Africa. A big thank you to our sponsor Sasol for always supporting us.” She concluded.

The return leg match will be played in South Africa on the first weekend of June.

Sasol Banyana Banyana return home on Saturday evening 24 May. The team lands at OR Tambo International Airport at 23H50.