This Day (Lagos)

South Africa/Nigeria: AWC - Falcons Look Beyond South Africa

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South Africa women's national senior socccer Banyana Banyana to play in AWC finals against Equatorial Guinea.

Super Falcons remain upbeat that they will beat South Africa in Wednesday's semi final clash of the 8th Africa Women's Championship in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

The six-time champions have recorded maximum points leading to Wednesday's clash and are hoping of strolling to Sunday's final to likely face high-flying hosts Equatorial Guinea, who battle Cameroun in the other semi-final.

The first time Nigeria and South Africa met was in 1995, when the Falcons triumphed 11-2 on aggregate with 4-1 and 7-1 wins in both legs.

Nigeria also beat them in final of 2000 AWC 2-0 and also defeated the South Africans 2-1 in the 2010 edition of the competition.

Falcons winger, Stella Mbachu said South Africa will not pose a threat to their title aspirations as they know how to beat them.

"Banyana Banyana cannot stop us, we know them too well and we know how to beat them, we are ready to do same to them again here," said the experienced winger who was among the goals in a 3-1 win over Cote d'Ivoire at the weekend.

"We will go past South Africa to the final," said coach Kadiri Ikhana.

South Africa coach Joseph Mkhonza said his girls are ready to battle the African champions for a place in the championship game.

"We are ready for Nigeria, we are not scared of them. We are a good side," he declared.

Both teams clashed in a two-legged friendly before the London Olympics. Nigeria drew 1-1 in the first game in Rustenburg and were then held to a goalless draw by the South Africans in the return clash in Lagos.

The Falcons may have won their three group games thus far in Equatorial Guinea, but they have been far from convincing, while Banyana have got over a 1-0 loss to the host country on the opening day of the biennial tournament to reach the last four.

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