Banyana out to break Nigeria hoodoo
Posted: 6 November 2012 Time: 12:11 pm
Banyana Banyana hat-trick hero Andisiwe Mgcoyi is confident that they can beat Nigeria for the first time when the two sides meet in the semi-final of the 2012 African Women's Championship in Bata on Wednesday.
While it was the Super Falcons who won the last competitive match between the two sides, Banyana will be encouraged by the back-to-back draws they managed during friendly matches played earlier this year.
The Nigerians qualified as the best team in Group B after winning all their three matches, while the South Africans were the second best side in Group A behind hosts Equatorial Guinea.
However, Banyana's top scorer in the tournament believes they can shock the reigning champions by playing as a team and making full use of their chances.
"We've never beaten Nigeria, the best we have done has been a draw but we are determined to change this," said Mgcoyi.
"We have to forget about the past and look at this game as an opportunity to make history."
Mgcoyi has spearheaded the Banyana attack - scoring four goals in the last two matches, including a hat trick in the 4-1 win over DR Congo - but she believes the good form shown by the likes of Sannah Mollo and Nothando Vilakazi and the experience of players like Portia Modise, Janine van Wyk and captain Amanda Dlamini makes them a strong side.
"I strongly believe that we have a team that is capable of standing up to Nigeria and get that win we need to go through to the finals," she said.
"We have quick and skilful attacking players, our defence is looking solid and the spirit in the camp is very high.
"We know that it's going to be a difficult game but we're ready for the Falcons and we'll try fight from the start to the end of the game."