Banyana Banyana advanced to the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Tunisia that also secured qualification for the Women’s World Cup. Jermaine Seoposenwe’s 14th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides. Banyana Banyana created plenty of chances to kill the game off but their profligacy in…
Jermaine Seoposenwe’s 14th minute strike proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Banyana Banyana created plenty of chances to kill the game off but their profligacy in front of goal made for an incredibly nervy finish.
Tunisia had a late penalty shout rejected with their skipper Chaima Abbassi booked for her remonstrations with the referee.
Jermaine Seoposenwe gives Banyana Banyana the win
Jermaine Seoposenwe was named woman of the match after South Africa beat Tunisia 1-0 to reach the WAFCON semi-finals. Photo: Banyana Banyana/Twitter
Seoposenwe became the second South African to score at three WAFCONs and her goal ensured passage to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
She had gone close to opening the scoring in the ninth minute but was denied by Tunisia’s keeper Salima Jobrani.
South Africa’s defence was firm in the first half even without regular rock, Janine van Wyk.
Eibar defender Noko Matlou was a more than able stand-in though and remained firm at the back throughout and coming up with some crucial interventions.
Noxolo Cesane had a golden opportunity to kill the game off in the 55th minute but she could not capitilise and fired over the crossbar.
With half an hour to go Desiree Ellis threw on Amogelang Motau and Melinda Kgadiete in place of Thalea Smidt and Nomvula Kgoale in central midfield.
Kgadiete would also squander a great chance to put the game to bed when she conspired to volley over from close range in the 80th minute.
South Africa will face Zambia in the semi-finals on Monday.
The other semi-final will be contested by hosts Morroco and defending champions Nigeria.
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