South Africa 0-0 Sweden: Banyana Banyana hold Sweden in Albertina Sisulu Challenge
Neither Banyana Banyana nor the Blue-Yellow could find the back of the net in the inaugural Albertina Sisulu Challenge in Cape Town

South African women's national team played to a 0-0 draw with Sweden at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night.

After losing 2-1 to the Netherlands on Saturday at the same venue, Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis was hoping to lead her side to victory as preparations for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup finals continued.

Ellis rang changes in her squad as they missed captain Janine van Wyk due to a groin injury as well as Busisiwe Ndimeni through a calf muscle strain.

The hosts attacked as early as the fifth minute when Nothando Vilakazi attempted a long-range effort aiming to beat Swedish goalkeeper Cajsa Andersson, but her effort sailed wide.

Banyana were solid at the back and they denied Sweden’s Stina Blackstenius, who was looking to open the scoring in the 14th minute.

The 23rd minute saw Thembi Kgatlana break free on the right flank, but her effort failed to trouble Andersson.

Chances were few and far between towards the end of the first half as the scoreline remained goalless between the two nations at the break.

Ellis made her first substitution in the second half, taking off Leandra Smeda for Koketso Tlailane,  but it was Sweden's Kosovare Asllani, who saw her attempt from distance being swallowed by Dlamini in the 50th minute.

As Banyana exerted more pressure on their counterparts, Kgatlana was replaced by Jermaine Seoposenwe after the hour-mark with the hosts looking to find the back of the net.

However, with 20 minutes to go, Dlamini was called to produce a fine save to deny Olivia Schough on her right post.

Despite controlling the game when it comes to ball possession, Banyana nearly conceded when substitute Madelen Janogy’s free header went inches over the crossbar with Dlamini well-beaten.

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Midfielder Hanna Glas showed her class when she beat two Banyana defenders before brilliantly chipping the ball over Dlamini with nine minutes to go, but her effort hit the crossbar and bounced back into action.

Linda Motlhalo was instrumental for the South Africans as they probed for a winning goal and she was fouled on the edge of the area, only for Seoposenwe's effort from the resulting free-kick to go wide in the 90th minute.

Banyana would come under siege in the final minute deep into stoppage time as Sweden received two successive corner kicks, but the visitors could not capitalize and the thrilling encounter ended in a 0-0 draw.

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