Banyana Banyana’s first match in FIFA Women’s WC

The team trains for their clash with China [image: Banyana Banyana/Twitter]

Banyana Banyana played their first match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup game on Saturday, but were defeated 3-1 by team Spain.

Some stunning moments by the South Africans included some amazing saves by goalkeeper Andile Dlaminia and a spectacular goal by Thembi Kgatlana in the 24th minute which put them in the lead.

Spain equalized in the second half when they were awarded a penalty due to Captain Janine van Wyk handling the ball in the box.

Defender Nothando Vilakazi earned herself a red card following a tackling gone wrong in the box, which resulted in Spain being awarded another goal-yielding penalty in the 80th minute.

Spain’s last goal came just minutes before the final whistle was blown.

Banyana Banyana’s next Group B match will be against China on Thursday. Maybe that will be the game that shifts the national team up from last place in the group.