Striker Jermaine Seoposenwe spared Banyana Banyana’s blushes with a stoppage-time winner in the Cosafa Women’s Championship against Botswana on Friday.
It looked like Banyana were heading for a draw after again missing a number of opportunities to break the deadlock at the Wolfson Stadium.
Coach Desiree Ellis had called on her team to finish off their scoring chances following a disappointing ratio in their tournament opener against Madagascar on Wednesday.
Despite winning 2-1, Banyana were guilty of missing a number of clear-cut openings, and Ellis warned them that Botswana were going to provide tough opposition.
And so it proved. The South Africans even had a penalty just before the hour mark, but Nompumelelo Nyandeni had her spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Sedilame Bosija.
The home side poured forward in search of an advantage, but to no avail – until the last seconds of the game.
Lebogang Ramalepe provided the cross and Seoposenwe headed the ball home.
Banyana are now on top of Group A on six points and are well on their way to the semi-finals, with Malawi – who beat Madagascar 2-0 earlier in the day – third on goal difference behind Botswana, with both teams on three points.
South Africa are next in action on Monday against Malawi at the Wolfson Stadium (3.30pm kickoff).
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