Banyana's WC campaign in numbers

After getting knocked out at the first hurdle, KickOff.com looks back at Banyana Banyana’s maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in numbers.

1 – Thembi Kgatlana scored Banyana’s only goal in the competition, a stunning goal in the opening match against Spain. It was Banyana’s only reason to celebrate in the competition as they went on to lose all their matches.

6 – As things stand, Banyana are the worst behaved side in the competition with six yellow cards shown to players.

8 – Banyana were not so great at the back, conceding eight goals in their three group matches. The most they conceded in a game is four against Germany in their final round robin encounter.

17 – Andile Dlamini may have conceded seven goals in the two matches she played, but it does not mean she was an under-performer. She made 17 saves in 180 minutes for the team.

19 – Banyana coach Desiree Ellis used a total of 19 players in the team’s three group matches. Goalkeeper Mapaseka Mpuru, defenders Tiisetso Makhubela,  Karabo Dhlamini and Bongeka Gamede did not feature during the competition.

30.3 – Midfielder Kholosa Biyana covered more ground than any other Banyana player in the group stages, going a little over 30kms. She was hard running in the middle of the park.

33 – Noko Matlou, who has served the senior women’s team for more than 10 years, was the oldest Banyana player at the World Cup. Once a lethal striker, Matlou played all of Banyana’s matches in central defence alongside captain Janine van Wyk.

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