South Africa cruise to big win in Mozambique

South Africa players celebrate goal during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mozambique and South Africa in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 October 2021 ©BackpagePix

South Africa thrashed Mozambique 7-0 in the first round, first leg of the TotalEnergies Women's Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2022 qualifiers at the Estadio do Zimpeto, Maputo on Wednesday.

Coach Desiree Ellis were smarting from their worst outing in the COSAFA Women's Championship history in Nelson Mandela Bay after they ended their rare trophyless campaign early this October.

Linda Maserame Motlhalo of South Africa challenged by Cidalia Daniel Cuta of Mozambique during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mozambique and South Africa in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 Octob

Banyana Banyana raced into the lead in the 22nd minute when Melinda Kgadiete fired past Mozambique goalkeeper Eva Costa before Linda Motlhalo doubled the advantage in the 41st minute.

On the brink of half time, the rampant visitors added the third when Gabriela Salgado struck deep inside first-half stoppage time.

Banyana continued from where they left off in the first half when captain Janine van Wyk notched the fourth in the 64th minute before Salgado bagged her second of the contest a minute later.

Gabriela Salgado of South Africa shoots at goal during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mozambique and South Africa in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 October 2021 ©BackpagePix

The onslaught continued for the ruthless seven-time COSAFA winners as Noxolo Cesane netted the sixth goal in the 77th minute before Motlhalo also secured her brace a minute from time to complete the clinical away triumph.

The healthy away win saw Ellis' team put one foot in the next round, ahead of the second leg meeting with Mozambique at the Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on Tuesday, October 26.

Melinda Kgadiete of South Africa challenged by Cainara Mussa Jamal of Mozambique during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mozambique and South Africa in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 October 2021