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."

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Previous comments on this story...

Remarkable Prince (DTC)
posted: 01:28 pm
If banyana fail to win against Nigeria I will blame Mabena..
Budda Sparxxx (the truth sayer)
posted: 02:05 pm
I have faith in the girls, but i just have little faith in the girls having faith in themselves....
the-geznation khosi4life
posted: 03:04 pm
goood luck ladiez
oga
posted: 05:15 pm
Talk talk rather than prepare for their third place match against cameroon because this is no friendly.
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 pm
Bayana Bayana sweet darling, the super falcons are invisible in Africa, they are way up there!!!.Well keep dreaming thinking that you played the full squad in your friendly.The African Women Footballer of the year - Nkwocha was not there and host of others.We will beat you 5 - 0 because such are the matches the super falcons thrives on!
Anonymous
posted: 07:31 pm
Bayana Bayana sweet darling, the super falcons are invisible in Africa, they are way up there!!!.Well keep dreaming thinking that you played the full squad in your friendly.The African Women Footballer of the year - Nkwocha was not there and host of others.We will beat you 5 - 0 because such are the matches the super falcons thrives on!
Anonymous
posted: 07:31 pm
Cant someone allow me to marry and take Amanda Dlamini as a trophy if the South Africans are doubting our capability of beating them tommorrow? i luv that lady!
The Ghost
posted: 09:42 pm
Let us hope it is so ...
stanslinks
posted: 08:27 am
Andisiwe Mgcoyi, We will ask you to repeat what you said after this semi finals. No more comment.
Tico MP
posted: 03:20 pm
about time ladies....asbangeneni
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