End of the road for Banyana Banyana.
Written by Ayanda Nyuswa on 6 August, 2023
By: Simtho Dladla
Banyana Banyana have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup after losing to Netherlands at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Jill Roord and Lineth Beerensteyn scored in each half at the Sydney Football Stadium to secure the 2019 runners-up a place in the last eight. The 54th-ranked African champions never gave up the fight in their first appearance in the World Cup knockout stage and were always a threat on the break through striker Thembi Kgatlana.
Banyana also suffered a blow in the first half as they lost Jermaine Seoposenwe and Bambanani Mbane through injuries. The two were replaced by Wendy Shongwe and Tiisetso Makhubela.
South Africa had already exceeded expectations by advancing to the knockout stage for the first time after their dramatic 3-2 win over Italy in their final group game. The Dutch will face Spain on Friday in Wellington in the quarter-finals while Banyana are on their way back home.
image: Banyana twitter page
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