Banyana Banyana’s Olympic preparations moved up a gear with a convincing 3-1 win over German Premier League ladies side Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Sportschule in Hennef, near Cologne, Germany on Thursday, 12 July 2012.

The Sasol-sponsored South African Senior Women’s National Team will play their final preparation match when they face Great Britain in an international friendly fixture in Birmingham, England on Sunday, 15 July 2012.

Playing against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Captain Amanda Dlamini headed home the opening goal in the 6 th minute from a free-kick taken by defender Janine van Wyk. Fifteen minutes later, Palace Super Falcons (Sasol League Gauteng) striker Portia Modise collected a through pass from midfielder Mary Ntsweng, before striking home the second goal from 30 metres out, helped by a goalkeeping fumble.

In the second half, the Germans reduced the deficit with a well-taken shot put wide of Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Roxanne Barker. Bloemfontein Celtics (Sasol League Free State) striker, substitute Sanah Mollo restored the two-goal advantage for the visitors after a powerful run down the right wing, which ended with her bullet-like shot finding the goal-net off the far upright post.

“The spirit in the camp is high with all of the 18 Olympic bound players, and the six reserves who will remain on standby in South Africa in case of injuries to the travelling players, working hard in training,” said Banyana Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza.



  1. gromit 9 years ago

    For once, JP’s report is very incomplete, since Lyon is not fully qualified.yet. There was and is still much more drama about the match and Montpellier filed an official reservation.

    What’s happened ?

    Let’s go back to the penalty shoot-out…
    When Rumi Utsugi takes hers, the score in this shoot-out is 2-2 after 3 penalty shot for OL (one missed) and 2 for MHSC… Utsugi shoots a first time but the ball moved because of the wind just before the kick and the penalty had to be kicked again. Then, Utsugi sent the ball on the post, the ball hit Bouhaddi’s back and entered the net. For everybody, including Bouhaddi who had a typical “unlucky !” gesture, the penalty was scored… Then, Bompastor, OL’s 5th shooter, scored (3-3), then Lattaf who scored too, giving a 4-3 to Montpellier… who thought as everybody that it was over. But then, the referre indicated that the shoot-out had to go on, because she refused Utsugi’s penalty ! Hoda Lattaf and Sarah M’Barek protested but in vain…. And you know what happened after…

    Montpellier filed an official protestation for technical mistake. Very quickly, the National Refeering Comission confirmed to the site Foot-d-elles that Utsugi’s penalty was absolutely valid. In the evening, a video appeared on DailyMotion, showing Utsugi’s penalty. According to me, it seems the goal is perfectly valid. The Penalty official rule is very clear (regular penalty or shoot-out) : the only way to invalid a penalty is if the ball, after hitting the post is played by someone else or (in a shoot-out) by the kicker for a second time. But if the ball hits the post, then the GK, then goes into the net, it’s valid (its is called the “Bellone case”, from a penalty-shoot out by French player Bruno Bellone vs Brazil in 1986 WC.

    Here is the video :


    So, at the present moment, nobody is able to know what will happen and we’ll have to wait for some days, maybe a week before knowing if Lyon goes to the Final, if the match has to be played again (unlikely) or if the match is given to MHSL.

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