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USSA womens team outclasses Great Britain in opening match


The South African women’s university team kicked off their 29th Summer Universiade campaign with a blistering 3-1 victory over Great Britain in a Group D encounter at the Chang Gung University, in Taipei, Taiwan on Friday, 18 August 2017.

The British were the first to find the back of the net after capitalising on South Africa’s costly defensively error. which saw Team SA trailing 1-0 at the end of the first half.

Perhaps all that Team South Africa needed was a moment to regroup, as captain and BanyanaBanyana star Refiloe Jane, successfully converted a penalty shot in the 47th minute of the game to make the game 1-all against Great Britain.

In the 59th minute Team SA made a substitution, Rachel Sebati replaced Jabulile Mazibuko and with much to play for, a fresh pair of legs and the determination to not share the spoils with Britain, it was indeed game on!

A dominant South Africa continued their aggressive and relentless attack to take the lead throughout the second-half of the game, which saw another BanyanaBanyana star, Thembi Kgatlana score two goals in the 82nd and 8th minutes of the game. The late brace by Kgatlana secured the well-deserved victory for the South African university team.

Team South Africa’s head coach Thinasonke Mbuli was ecstatic with the results and reiterated her belief that in international tournaments, it is crucial to convert all chances created. “It’s good that we are creating chances. Now we have to work on finishing as we prepare for our next game against Russia”, said Mbuli. South Africa faces Russia in their next Group D match. This group only has three teams therefore, two teams will proceed to the knockout stages of the tournament.

Next fixture: 20 August 2017 – South Africa v Russia, New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium, 09h30 (03h30 South African time).



Posted by USSA Media on 20 Aug, 2017.
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