South Africa under-20 women’s national football team cancelled a two goal deficit to move to the next round of the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier after pummelling the Swallows of Burundi 5-0 at Dobsonville Stadium.
The Basetsana had surprisingly lost the first leg tie 2-0 two weeks ago in Burundi and they needed to score three unanswered goals to stand the chance of advancing to the next round of the World Cup qualifier. And so, from the onset, they took the game to the Swallows. After forty minutes of the encounter they were already home and dry, finding the back of the net four times — captain Linda Motlhalo helping herself to a brace in the 36th and 40th minutes, after Khanya Xesi had opened the scoring in the 9th minute and Lalona Daweti doubled the lead in the 24th minute.
The rout was completed in the 77th minute after a Gabriela Salgado fine finish made it 5-2 on aggregate.
Basetsana coach Maud Khumalo while reacting to her team’s victory told SAFA website:
“We are very proud of the ladies and the fact that we converted the five chances. We are happy to have won 5-2 on aggregate and qualify for the third round of the qualifier.
“We do however need to stay focused and remember that this is not the end but a stepping stone towards the World Cup and next year will be another challenging task.”
Basetsana reward for eliminating the Swallows of Burundi is a showdown with Africa powerhouse, the Falconets of Nigeria. The match will be played in two legs, with the first scheduled for 12th-14th January 2018, and the second leg 26th-28th January 2018.