The South Africa national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, on Saturday held the Super Falcons of Nigeria to a goalless draw in an international friendly played at the Teslim Balogun stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The result is the best ever achieved by the South African ladies on Nigerian soil and is expected to serve as a morale booster as the team wraps up its preparation for the London Olympics where they will be representing Africa alongside Cameroon in the women’s football event of the Olympics.
Playing in a near empty stadium as Lagos fans failed to show up for the match, the Super Falcons could not replicate last weekend’s awesome form which saw them scoring four unreplied goals against another South African opposition, Zimbabawe.
Though both team came close to scoring in the course of the game, it was the South African ladies that showed tremendous improvement in their game.
Both sides had two weeks ago played a 1-1 draw in Rustenburg and the Falcons will relish the fact that they still have their unbeaten record against South Africa intact.
Meanwhile Super Falcons head coach, Kadiri Ikhana, was not at the stadium during the international friendly.
According to Chisom Mbonu, media officer for the Super Falcons, the coach was advised by the team doctor, Omoye Akhigbe, on the need to observe strict bed rest in order to recuperate fully.
“The coach needs to rest and get well soon. We have already given him some medication and we have advised that he stays in bed,” Akhigbe said.
Coach Ikhana now has four official matches under his belt as coach of the Super Falcons, with two wins over Zimbabwe, and 2 draws against Banyana Banyana.