Banyana hold Sweden to a goalless draw in Cape Town

South Africa held Sweden to a goalless draw in the Albertina Sisulu Centenary Challenge played in Cape Town on Tuesday night, a second match in four days following the 2-1 loss to European champions the Netherlands at the weekend.

FIFA Wome’s World Cup-bound Banyana Banyana started well, but were tested on the 11th minute by a Stina Blackstenius shot.

South Africa could have taken the lead in the 30th minute when forward Rhoda Mulaudzi had an opportunity to score after a good ball from Thembi Kgatlana, but she could not find the back of the net.

Blackstenius was back again in the second half with a ferocious shot but Andile Dlamini was alert in the Banyana Banyana goals.

In the 57th minute captain of the day Refiloe Jane tested Caissa Andersson who pulled off a great save.

The visitors could have taken the lead after a shot from Hanna Glas but the crossbar saved the day for the hosts.

Second half substitute Jermaine Seoposenwe nearly sealed it for South Africa with free kick in the dying minutes of the game, but the ball sailed narrowly wide of the Sweden goal.

In this half, the home side made several changes to give the team fresh legs – with Leandra Smeda, Seoposenwe, Amanda Mthandi and Hilda Magaia coming in for Koketso Tlailane, Kgatlana, Mulaudzi and Jane respectively.

Banyana Banyana’s next assignment is the Cyprus Women’s Cup at the end of next month – which runs from 27 February to 6 March.

South Africa has been drawn in Group A with Finland, Korea DPR and Czech Republic.