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<p><strong>FOOTBALL </strong>– Banyana Banyana suffered a 3-1 defeat to Spain in the opening match of FIFA Women World Cup in France on Sartuday night. Thembi Kgatlana scored the opening goal for Banyana Banyana in their first ever appearance in the world cup. The referee blew the half time whistle with Banyana Banyana leading by a goal to nil to Spain. However, in the second half, the Spaniards came back stronger in search for an equaliser and they were rewarded with a VAR penalty decision to level matters. It went from bad to worse for South Africa’s national women’s team with another VAR penalty and a red card for Nothando “vivo” Vilakazi. Vivo as Nothando is known by her team mates got the second yellow card leading up to the red card. Spain converted the penalty to take the lead for the first time in the match and later took advantage of the numerical supremacy to score their goal. The 10 women of Banyana Banyana struggled to threaten the opposition after the red card. The other results in group B; Germany overcame China 1-0 in the other match. Next match Banyana Banyana will play power house of women football in the world in Germany and complete the group participation with a match against China.</p>

<p><strong>FOOTBALL </strong>– Real Madrid under-13 edge out Western Boys 2-1 while Royal Tigers was too strong for LRC in the semi-final on Sunday at the Thusong Youth Centre. Madrid will face Tigers in the final on Sunday juniors final at Thusong Youth centre grounds. In the under-15 category, Alexandra Gunners defeated Royal Tigers 7-6 on penalties after the match ended goalless in regulation time. In the other semi-final, United Stars overcome Blue Aces 3-0 to reach the final. In the under-17 categories, Royal Tigers will face United Stars in the final on Sunday after defeating Black Poison and Malandela Mighty Heroes in the semi-final respectively. </p>

<p>Malandela Mighty Heroes defeated Akeric 3-1 in the Under 19 categories to reach the final while Royal Tigers pipped Gunners 4-2 on penalties to book the spot in the final on Sunday. The Maimane Alfred Phiri junior tournaments finals are scheduled for Sunday at Three Square Grounds. Over the years the finals are p layed on June 16, to commemorate the youth of 1976. #ABCgamechangers</p>
Weekend Sports Wrap

FOOTBALL – Banyana Banyana suffered a 3-1 defeat to Spain in the opening match of FIFA Women World Cup in France on Sartuday night. Thembi Kgatlana scored the opening goal for Banyana Banyana in their first ever appearance in the world cup. The referee blew the half time whistle with Banyana Banyana leading by a goal to nil to Spain. However, in the second half, the Spaniards came back stronger in search for an equaliser and they were rewarded with a VAR penalty decision to level matters. It went from bad to worse for South Africa’s national women’s team with another VAR penalty and a red card for Nothando “vivo” Vilakazi. Vivo as Nothando is known by her team mates got the second yellow card leading up to the red card. Spain converted the penalty to take the lead for the first time in the match and later took advantage of the numerical supremacy to score their goal. The 10 women of Banyana Banyana struggled to threaten the opposition after the red card. The other results in group B; Germany overcame China 1-0 in the other match. Next match Banyana Banyana will play power house of women football in the world in Germany and complete the group participation with a match against China.

FOOTBALL – Real Madrid under-13 edge out Western Boys 2-1 while Royal Tigers was too strong for LRC in the semi-final on Sunday at the Thusong Youth Centre. Madrid will face Tigers in the final on Sunday juniors final at Thusong Youth centre grounds. In the under-15 category, Alexandra Gunners defeated Royal Tigers 7-6 on penalties after the match ended goalless in regulation time. In the other semi-final, United Stars overcome Blue Aces 3-0 to reach the final. In the under-17 categories, Royal Tigers will face United Stars in the final on Sunday after defeating Black Poison and Malandela Mighty Heroes in the semi-final respectively. 

Malandela Mighty Heroes defeated Akeric 3-1 in the Under 19 categories to reach the final while Royal Tigers pipped Gunners 4-2 on penalties to book the spot in the final on Sunday. The Maimane Alfred Phiri junior tournaments finals are scheduled for Sunday at Three Square Grounds. Over the years the finals are p layed on June 16, to commemorate the youth of 1976. #ABCgamechangers

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