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Mulaudzi bags a brace for Banyana

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Banyana needed a top striker and Mulaudzi produced the goods

International friendly

Tsakane Stadium

SOUTH AFRICA (2) 3

Mulaudzi 6’, 45’ and Holweni 79’

LESOTHO 0

Rhoda Mulaudzi was the heroine as Banyana Banyana got back to winning ways after defeating Lesotho 3-0 in an international friendly at Tsakane Stadium yesterday.

Having lost their last two matches, against Japan in an international friendly and Botswana in this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games qualifiers, it was important that the South Africans bounced back to winning ways, especially with the 2021 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations around the corner.

But in order to turn the corner, Banyana needed a top striker and Mulaudzi produced the goods, scoring a brace as she took her domestic form with Mamelodi Sundowns women’s team, where she has scored 36 goals, to international level.

Mulaudzi opened her scoring spree as early as the sixth minute, and on the stroke of half-time she grabbed her brace, ensuring that there was a buzz within the team as they went into the second half of the game, where Sibulele Holweni put the final nail in the coffin with Banyana’s third.

Despite Mulaudzi bagging two goals, goalkeeper Andile Dlamini, who made her 50th appearance for Banyana, also deserves a special mention especially with how far she has come in the national team set-up.

Having made her Banyana debut in a 1-0 loss to Botswana in 2011, Dlamini has been an epitome of hard-work and perseverance in her resurgence.

Mihlali Baleka