Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies striker Sanah Mollo was on top form again for Banyana Banyana, scoring a goal in a 3-1 international friendly win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Sportschule in Hennef, near Cologne, Germany on Thursday night.
Diego, as Mollo is affectionately known to her teammates, has set the South African women’s football fraternity alight; and with her boots doing excellently where most of the strikers fail, is certainly one of the best women footballers South Africa has ever produced. Mollo always makes her presence felt whenever she dons the Banyana Banyana jersey by producing star performances and scoring important goals for the team.
On Thursday, Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini headed home the opening goal after six minutes following a free-kick taken by defender Janine van Wyk to hand the Diski Queens a deserved lead. Portia Modise, who cut her teeth as a striker at Palace Super Falcons in the Sasol League, increased Banyana’s lead fifteen minutes later. Modise was set up by midfield sensation Mary Ntsweng, before unleashing a powerful shot from about 30 metres out and it gave German Premier League ladies side’s keeper no chance.
The Germans halved the deficit in the second stanza, but substitute Mollo restored Banyana’s two-goal advantage with a bullet-like shot that went past the keeper and into an empty goal-net.
Joseph Mokhonza’s charges will play their final preparation match when they face Great Britain in another international friendly fixture in Birmingham, England on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Banyana will compete against Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Senegal at the African Women Championship 2012 in Equatorial Guinea from November 4 to 18.
Sunday’s kick-off is at 18:30.