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Desiree Ellis
Spain humbles Banyana in WC opener
8 June 2019, 8:31 PM

Spain dominated South Africa in a 3-1 victory in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Banyana Banyana in their first ever World Cup appearance succumbed to a defeat by Spain after having a 1-0 lead at half time.

Banyana top notch scorer Thembi Kgatlana scored the opening goal of the encounter in the 20th minute.

In the second half Banyana captain Janine van Wyk had been judged to a hand ball in the keeper’s box and a penalty was awarded to Spain. Jennifer Hermoso made no mistake as she slotted the penalty to level up the scores.

Defender Nothando Vilakazi got handed a second yellow card resulting in a red card after a VAR decision against Banyana therefore resulting in a penalty. Hermoso secured her brace as she slotted the penality and handed Spain a lead of 2-1 in the game.

Throughout many attempts on attack Spain eventually opened Banyana defence in the 88th minute after Luis Garcia danced around the keeper to tap in Spain’s third goal.

Banyana will now face China on Thursday in their second World Cup game.

Thembi Kgatlana
Banyana lead at half time in opening WC game
8 June 2019, 6:59 PM

Banyana Banyana are 1-0 up at half time against Spain in the FIFA Womens’ World Cup Match being played at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France.

Thembi Kgatlana scored in the 25th minute.

She fired one past the Spanish goalie for an historic first goal for South Africa in the women’s world cup.

Zambia players
Zambia takes 5th COSAFA Cup title
8 June 2019, 6:20 PM

Zambia are the 2019 COSAFA Cup champions. They beat Botswana by a solitary goal at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Botswana had numerous chances to open the scoring in the first half, but this was all in vain. With 12 minutes left on the clock, and against the run of play, Tapson Kaseba found the back of the net for the Zambians.

This was the fifth Cosafa Cup title victory for Zambia.

Junior Boks
Junior Boks make it 2 wins out of 2 at World Cup
8 June 2019, 5:53 PM

South Africa have made two wins out of two at World Rugby’s Under-20 Championship in Argentina. The Junior Springboks who scored six tries to three in beating Scotland in their opening match on Wednesday, were up against Georgia in Rosario on Saturday.

It was another comfortable win for the Boks.

They outscored their opponents by seven tries to three for a 48-20 victory.

They play New Zealand on Wednesday in a match that will determine the winners of Pool C.

Desiree Ellis
Banyana needs to maintain match fever
8 June 2019, 5:38 PM

Banyana Banyana need to match the fast pace of their high level opposition in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for satisfactory outcomes in their matches. This is according to coach Desiree Ellis who was speaking ahead of their opening match of the tournament against Spain in Le Havre, France.

She added that they also need to guard against conceding first, which has been their challenge in the preparation matches they have played this year.

Banyana Banyana have played against mostly top ranked countries teams leading up to the World Cup. In almost all of those fixtures, they found themselves on the back-foot having allowed the opposition to score first. To overcome this challenge, Ellis feels they need to be slightly quicker in their approach on and off the ball.

“Sometimes we get rushed in giving away the ball quickly in the Norway Game for example in the USA game, giving free kicks away things happen quickly and not being able to cover each other, not being able to cut out the cross, passing to the opponent when you get rushed and pressed very quickly. Those are the lot of things we picked up happens faster for a lot players,” says Ellis.

Part of the World Cup preparations was to ensure that each individual player is able to focus for the entire duration whilst on the park. In the build-up matches to the global spectacle, Ellis picked up, that it was an aspect of the game that influenced the results.

“To help with the mental strength is the players we have around each other especially the experienced ones who will try and drive and push everything like they did in qualifying for the World Cup it’s going to be key. Everybody reacts to situations or take it in your stride and it’s another game that what we have to guard against to try and keep the players as calm as possible”, says Ellis.

Ellis has not been consistent with her starting 11 in the matches leading up to the World Cup. She is, however, expected to go for the more experienced group against Spain.

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