DURBAN – Banyana Banyana are going through a barren run in 2019 following their success last year, where they finished as runners-up at the African Women’s Championship in Ghana.
They only succumbed to Nigeria on penalties but that was enough for the women’s senior team to book themselves a place in France, where the World Cup will be held in June.
Banyana were also crowned as the champions of the Cosafa Cup, but the ladies are yet to get off mark in the new year. First they lost to the Netherlands and drew with Sweden in Cape Town, then they endured a disastrous tournament at the Women’s Cyprus Cup in March, where they failed to register a win in three games. They also suffered defeats at the hands of Czech Republic and North Korea, and scraped a draw with Finland.
Banyana also failed to beat Jamaica this past weekend in their last game in front of their own supporters at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, and played out to a 1-1 stalemate.
“You always want to win games. You want to score goals and do well. I felt it was an opportunity to do that and we did not. We are also looking at the bigger picture which is the World Cup. We are happy with the effort.