BANYANA Banyana have promised South Africans that the team will qualify for the 2012 London Olympics after demolishing Ethiopia 3-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

August 29th, 2011 | by addis portal |

“South African women’s soccer will be represented at the Olympics for the first time next year,” said striker Noko “Beep Beep” Matlou, who scored all three goals.

“The game against Ethiopia was a tough one. We knew they were going to give us problems.We planned on their defence, knowing very well that it is slow.

“We are playing them in a return match in Addis Ababa on September 11. It will be a fresh match. Ethiopia are very good at home, so they attract 45000 people to their games.

“Our plan is to go to Addis Ababa and finish them off by scoring more goals. We want to celebrate qualification with a bang by winning the return match too.”

On her milestone of scoring 51 goals in 60 matches, Matlou said: “I’m so happy. When I started playing for Banyana Banyana my target was 50.

“For me the most important thing is to contribute to the success of Banyana Banyana.

Going to the Olympics will also help to open doors for women’s soccer. We will see more companies coming on board to finance women’s soccer activities.

“We also want to see women soccer players featuring in adverts in the media.”

Matlou received the SA Sports Woman of the Year award at last week’s SA Sports Awards.

Banyana Banyana started the game like a house on fire Matlou broke the deadlock in the fifth minute and she was at it again in the 12th minute to make it 2-0.

Matlou completed her hat-trick in the 89th minute in this game where goalkeeper Thokozile Mdaweni made several brilliant saves to prevent the visitors from scoring.

South African coach Joseph Mkhonza said after the game: “We knew it was going to be a tough one. The most important thing is that we did not concede.”

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