South Africa 2 Finland 2: Kgatlana rescues point for Banyana Banyana

The reigning African Player of the Year was on target as Banyana earned a vital point against the Pearl Owls on Wednesday

South African senior women team played out a 2-2 draw with Finland in their opening Cyprus Women's Cup encounter on Wednesday.

Goals from Leandra Smeda and Thembi Kgatlana ensured Desiree Ellis' ladies fought back twice to earn a crucial point at the Athlítiko Kentro Zenon Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Juliette Kemppi broke the deadlock three minutes after the restart to put the Pearls Owls in front.

However, Banyana Banyana were given a penalty after Jermaine Seoposenwe was brought down inside the area and Smeda wasted no time to level matters from the spot in the 69th minute.

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In the 77th minute, Adelina Engman recovered Anna Signuel's side lead but Kgatlana's fine strike in the 82nd minute saved Eliss' side from making a losing start.

Following the draw, South Africa now have one point from first game and they will shift focus to securing a win in their Group A clash with Korea DPR on Friday.