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MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 17: The South Africa players line up for their National anthem prior to the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group B match between South Africa and Germany at Stade de la Mosson on June 17, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

By qualifying for the tournament, South Africa reached some milestones.

Here are some facts about Banyana Banyana in their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • It was the first time a South African Women’s National Team walked onto the field in a FIFA Women’s World Cup
  • First time for the South African flag to fly high at this tournament
  • First time the South African national anthem being sung at this competition
  • Desiree Ellis is the first ever coach to guide a South African Senior Women’s National Team in the tournament
  • Janine van Wyk is the first player to captain the team at this level
  • Thembi Kgatlana scored the first and solitary goal for Banyana Banyana in a World Cup – thereby becoming the first African player to score against a European side in the tournament since 1995
  • Nothando Vilakazi becoming the first ever Banyana Banyana player to be red carded in the World Cup
  • Jermaine Seoposenwe, Kaylin Swart and Sibulele Holweni are the only three South African female players to play in two different World Cup tournaments in different levels (U-17 and Banyana Banyana)
  • It was also the first time they faced Spain and Germany
  • Ellis used only 21 players in the three fixtures – with goalkeeper Mapaseka Mpuru as well as Karabo Dhlamini, Bongeka Gamede and Tiisetso Makhubela unused substitutes
  • Only three players featured in every minute of the tournament – captain Janine van Wyk, Noko Matlou and Lebohang Ramalepe
  • Six players managed to start all three matches Van Wyk, Ramalepe, Matlou, Refiloe Jane, Ode Fulutudilu and Kholosa Biyana
  • Leandra Smeda and Thembi Kgatlana also played all three matches – Smeda coming off the bench on three occasions, while Kgatlana didn’t start in the third game
  • Mamello Makhabane, Andile Dlamini, Busisiwe Ndimeni, Linda Motlhalo, Nothando Vilakazi, Amanda Mthandi and Jermaine Seoposenwe all played two matches each
  • Kaylin Swart, Bambanani Mbane, Holweni and Rhoda Mulaudzi made one appearance each
  • Mapaseka Mpuru remains the only uncapped player in the squad
  • South Africa had one red card – Nothando Vilakazi
  • Conceded eight goals – two of them penalties (against Spain)
  • Banyana Banyana knocked out in the first round
  • South Africa exit the tournament with no points
  • Banyana Banyana played in Le Havre (Stade Océane), Paris (Parc des Princes) and Montpellier (Stade de la Mosson)

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