8 November 2012

Nigeria: AWC - Banyana Beat Falcons

Photo: SAFA
Banyana Banyana facing Nigeria in a previous international friendly match.

South Africa women's national team yesterday made history and broke the hearts of title favourites Super Falcons of Nigeria by stopping the Nigerians from reaching the finals of the Africa Women Championship. Bayana created history after the 1-0 win over the Nigerian women who are six times champions of the title. It was a semifinal clash in the 2012 African Women's Championship holding in the Equatorial Guinea.

Banyana Banyana had never beaten the Super Falcons before in almost 20 years of trying, but yesterday broke the jinx by finally beating the Super Falcons thanks to a first half goal from Janine van Wyk in the 24th minute.

The Super Falcons have won six of the seven African Women Championship tournaments. Nigerians have long been the queens of African football, but South Africa can challenge if they go on to win the tournament this weekend.

Banyana built on their qualification for the 2012 London Olympics which Nigeria didn't for. South Africa will meet hosts Equatorial Guinea in the final on Saturday, a repeat of the 2008 tournament decider that was won 2-1 by the latter.

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