Defending champions Banyana Banyana got their Cosafa Women’s Championship campaign off to a victorious start with a 2-1 win over Madagascar in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.
All three goals were scored in the first half at the Wolfson Stadium in kwaZakele, which was the home of non-racial Kwaru rugby in the 1970s and 1980s.
Khanya Xesi opened the account for Banyana Banyana in the seventh minute, and the South Africans doubled their lead 12 minutes later when Nothando Vilakazi found the back of the net.
It looked like coach Desiree Ellis could relax as Banyana – who have won four out of the five Cosafa Cup tournaments – appeared to be in cruise mode.
But Madagascar hit back in the 21st minute via a penalty, which was converted by Marie Sarah Rasoanandrasana.