Fresh from winning the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup in Nigeria, Banyana Banyana beat Malawi 2-1 on Tuesday in the Group A COSAFA Women’s Cup game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Gqeberha (Formerly Port Elizabeth).
Two goals in the first half put Malawi under the cosh.
Even without supporters in the stadium, South Africa started like a house on fire and found the net as early as the first minute.
A long ball from Banyana goalkeeper Kaylin Swart found Melinda Kgadiete. She ran on to it and lobbed the advancing Malawi goalkeeper Samil Amidu.
Banyana’s Gabriela Salgado was a constant threat to Malawi’s backline with her clever runs off the ball and first time shots.
The second Banyana goal came eight minutes before the end of the first half. A mistake at the back let in Noxolo Cesane.
Her powerful shot was too much for Amidu, who could only deflect it into the net.
The COSAFA Women’s Cup defending champions thought they had made quick work of their Malawi counterparts.
However, the Malawians were more ambitious in the second half and they took the game to Banyana.
Malawi had their moments, but they struggled to beat Swart in goal for South Africa.
With a minute left Wezzie Mvula pulled one back for Malawi from an excellent cross from 17-year-old Ireen Khumalo.
South Africa held on to lead Group A with three points.