8 November 2012

Nigeria: Banyana in Historic Win Over Nigeria

South Africa's female senior national football team, Banyana Banyana made history yesterday after a 1-0 win over Nigeria's Falcons in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Women's Championship in Equatorial Guinea.

Banyana Banyana had never beaten the Super Falcons before in almost 20 years of their confrontations, but finally succeeded yesterday, thanks to a first half goal from Janine van Wyk.

The Nigerians have long been the queens of African football, but South Africa can challenge that, especially if they go on to win the tournament. Banyana also qualified for the 2012 London Olympics while Nigeria stayed at home.

The decisive moment of the game came in the 24th minute when Van Wyk picked up the loose ball and fired in a shot that looped over the Nigerian goalkeeper from distance.

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.

Banyana also lost to Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in the opening match of this competition, but have got stronger as the competition progresses.

Nigeria on the other hand will meet the Cameroonian girls, whom they beat in the group stage in the third place match.

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