The Banyana Banyana of South Africa humbled their Egyptian counterpart 5:0 to qualify as runners up for the semi-finals of the ongoing CAF women nation’s cup hosted by Cameroon. They join the indomitable lionesses Cameroon who tops the group with 9 points in three games scoring 5 goals and without conceding. The Cameroonians have been flawless in front of home crowd and are red hot favourites to win the title
South Africa went into the game knowing only a win would take them above Egypt, who started the match in second place with a two-point cushion over their opponents.
Banyana totally dominated the first half in terms of possession and territory and got their reward on 28 minutes when Mgcoyi scuffed home.
They continued to press after the break and on the hour mark scored twice in quick succession, Vilakazi cutting in from the right to slot in and then Jane finishing off a rebound to make it 3-0.
Seoposenwe added another with a powerful shot and Motlhalo completed the rout with a fine solo effort, dribbling round several defenders before finishing in style from the edge of the area.
Cameroon will stay in Yaounde to play the runners-up from Group B, which will be decided on Saturday – Nigeria, Ghana and Mali are all in contention. South Africa will stay in Limbe to play the winners of the group.
Both semi-finals are on Tuesday 29 November.
After the match, in post-match press conference, the visibly satisfied coach of Banyana Bnyana Desiree Ellis says “I don’t think I had to motivate the players because they knew what was at stake. We created a lot in the first half, and when we started stretching them (Egypt) and created openings, we scored. It is not a dream but we had the belief. We always had the belief that we could play better. We wanted to make sure we get the result we needed. We had always been creating the chances and hopefully going forward, we can take more chances.If you want to win you have to play against all teams. We have to plan for either Ghana or Nigeria. It doesn’t matter which team we play because we will have to play either of them.”