FUKUOKA – A gallant Banyana Banyana were made to pay for two unforced errors as they lost 2-0 to hosts Japan in a women's international friendly in Fukuoka, Japan, on Sunday.
On the back of a heavy travelling schedule, Banyana Banyana could have salvaged a share of the spoils in the second half but twice star striker Thembi Kgatlana was foiled. First by the woodwork and then she was bundled off the ball when she was going in for the kill.
Two mistakes ultimately cost the visitors who came back strongly in the second half when they took the fight to the opponents.
Japan took the lead in the 20th minute, at a time when the game was finely poised when hardworking goalkeeper Andile Dlamini fumbled a harmless looking cross and striker Saki Kumagai headed home.
In the 31st minute, Leandra Smeda who earned her 100th cap put Kgatlana through but her pass was too heavy.