Banyana look to qualify in style

football26 February 2024 15:49| © SuperSport
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South Africa will square off against Tanzania in their 2024 Women’s Olympic qualifier third-round second-leg on Tuesday hoping to book their ticket to the next round of qualifying in style.

Banyana defeated Tanzania 3-0 in the first leg of the third round of qualifying for the 2024 Women’s Olympic Soccer Tournament.

This game represents the seventh meeting between the teams.

Of the teams' previous six meetings Banyana Banyana have won all six meetings.

During their first-leg clash on Friday at the Azam Sports complex in Dares Salam, South Africa won 3-0 with goals from Jermaine Seposenwe, Thembi Kgatlana and Hildah Magaia.

Seposenwe opened the scoring in the tenth minute, followed by Kgatalana doubling Byanana’s advantage in the 58th minute. Magaia rounded off the scoring with a third on 86 minutes.

The teams first clashed in July 2006 in Qualifying for the 2006 WAFCON. Banyana won the second round play-off game first leg 3-0 with goals from Veronica Phewa, Lena Mosebo and Memory Makanye.

In the return leg in Tanzania Banyana recorded a 4-0 triumph with Makanye and Phewa scoring along with Disebo Mametja and Nomphumelelo Nyandeni.

This victory handed Banyana a 7-0 aggregate win, seeing them qualify for the 2006 WAFCON in Gabon.

It would be four years before they would meet again -- this time a group stage meeting at the 2010 WAFCON in Group A at the Daveyton Stadium in Gauteng, with South Africa triumphing 2-1.

During that game hosts South Africa took the lead through Mamphasha Popela. Tanzania levelled through Esther Chambruma in the 43rd minute but a late penalty from Mamello Makhabane saw Banyana through to a 2-1 win.

At the 2010 WAFCON Banyana progressed as group runners-up behind Nigeria but ahead of Mali and Tanzania.

The teams also met in Tanzania in a friendly in 2012 with South Africa clinching a seven-goal thriller 5-2.

In 2014, South Africa thumped Tanzania 6-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.

Over their previous six meetings Banyana have scored 23 goals at 3.83 goals per game and have conceded only four.

Banyana have kept three clean-sheets against Tanzania and have won five of their six games against Tanzania by a three goal or more margin.

In their three home clashes in all competitions against Tanzania, Banyana have managed to score 11 goals while conceding two, their only clean sheet coming in their 3-0 win in the first leg of their second round clash of 2006 WAFCON Qualifying.

Banyana are currently ranked second in Africa behind Nigeria, while Tanzania are currently ranked 27th on the continent and 146th in the World. Banyana’s global ranking is 52.

The winner of this game will face either Nigeria or Cameroon in April in the fourth round of qualifying.