Banyana Banyana started their COSAFA Cup title defense with a hard-fought but convincing 2-0 win over a battling Angola at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
Having played no football for most of the year due the coronavirus pandemic, signs of rustiness showed on both sides but it was the home side that played most of the football throughout the 90 minutes.
The breakthrough came through teenager Lonathemba Mhlongo,in the 39th minutes,who got on the end of some beautiful interplay in the midfield to poke home from close range.
Industrious Hilda Magaia could have made it 2-0 soon after but she delayed shooting in the 43rd minute, allowing Rita Jose in goals for Angola to gather a loose ball.
Banyana Banyana made it 2-0 in the 60th minute when Karabo Dhlamini scrambled home in a goalmouth melee to give the hosts a deserved 2-goal cushion.
Bongeka Gamede then rose majestically in the 67th minute but her powerful header cannoned off the upright with the Angola defence stranded.
Banyana Banyana kept piling the pressure but somehow Angola survived the barrage of attacks as the match ended 2-0.
South Africa’s next fixture is against neighbours, Eswatini on Thursday, 6 November. Kick-off is at 15:30 (SAST).