Banyana Banyana twice came from behind to hold Finland to a 2-2 draw in a thrilling encounter of the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup opener on Wednesday afternoon.
Head coach Desiree Ellis made six changes to the squad that played Sweden in the Winnie Mandela Challenge last month, with Refiloe Jane earning her 100th national team cap, as the captain on the day.
Though it was Finland who enjoyed much of the possession with Banyana Banyana struggling to maintain them, the two sides went into the halftime break deadlocked at 0-0.
The second stanza saw Finland picking up where they left off by troubling an unsettled South African backline.
Their resilience finally paid off when they took the lead as early as the 48th minute through Julliet Kemppi.
Ellis’ charges had to wait till the 70th minute to draw matters level through Leandra Smeda who coolly converted from the penalty spot after Jermaine Seoposenwe was brought down in the 18 area.
Seven minutes later, Finland took the lead once again through Adelina Engman.
This however seemed to spur the South Africans on who refused to lie down as they caused their counterparts problems at the back before finding the equalizer through Thembi Kgatlana.
The two sides shared the spoils, with Banyana Banyana next taking on Korea DPR on Friday.