JOHANNESBURG – Banyana Banyana will probably blame it all on the downpour that turned the pitch of the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus for their defeat yesterday.
Yet such are the demands of international football that a team has to be able to play under all conditions.
Looking good for their first win in the Cyprus Women’s Cup in their final group match after Mamello Makhabane’s strike early in the match, Desiree Ellis’ team crumbled under the Czech Republic’s incessant pressure and conceded two goals in the final 10 minutes.
Captain Janine van Wyk tweeted immediately after the game:
“Very disappointed with the result today. 1st half was brilliant, we were untouchable. We started the 2nd half well up until it poured down with rain which flooded the pitch. Our momentum was lost after slipping & sliding. The Czechs took control of the match & won it.”