They still have another match to play in Group C, against the Czech Republic.
The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana have played two matches thus far, losing 2-0 to Mexico in their opening match on Wednesday, 04 March.
“It was a very tough game against Belgium, they gave us a good run and that is what we needed as a team, to compete with the best in Europe. The match was very challenging in all departments, we ran very hard in both halves. We did well in creating chances, and one of them resulting in a goal. We could have converted more but we are satisfied with the win and we know we can improve from here,” said Amanda Dlamini, Banyana Banyana midfielder.
Head coach of Banyana Banyana Vera Pauw was ecstatic that the hard work that started months ago is slowly starting to pay-off.
“It was a tense game especially late in the match because this is one of the top countries in women’s football. Although they are not going to the FIFA Women’s World Cup they were very close, so we have won against one of the big nations and that is fantastic because the game was in our hands and we could take a lot of initiative.
“We showed that we could be dangerous in midfield and we could have scored three or more goals. It was a good display and we needed the win. Also, the maturity of the team shows we can change from the different systems with ease during the game. This is a huge compliment and gives confidence to the players that we can beat top nations not by luck but having a strategy that works,” said Pauw.
“It feels good to see the work that started 10 months ago starting to pay off, we have a bright future as a team. I have always said that we are so mobile, and if we can get that into team work, we can grow to the top,” she added.
The only injury concern in the team is of midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni who was pulled off after a tackle in the second half.
Although it does not look serious, she did not train with the rest of the team and the medical team is keeping a close watch on her.
The team was given the afternoon off and will return to training on Sunday, 8 March to complete preparations for the clash with the Czech Republic. Kick-off at 14h30.
Group C Standings:
Team P W D L GF GA Pts
1. Mexico 2 2 0 0 3 0 6
2. South Africa 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
3. Czech Republic 2 0 1 1 2 2 1
4. Belgium 2 0 1 1 2 4 1