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Banyana Banyana will adopt a 'no fear' approach' when they face Nigeria

Posted: 5 November 2012 Time: 20:51

Banyana Banyana will adopt a 'no fear' approach' when they face Nigeria in the semi-final of the 8th CAF African Women Football Championship, to be played at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata on Wednesday.

Kick-off 17h30 (18h30 SA time).

South Africa have played the Nigerians twice this year in international friendly matches, which ended 1-1 in Rustenburg and goalless in Lagos.

Banyana head coach Joseph Mkhonza said: "The stage is set for an epic battle between the two sides and the power of African women's football is clear, with all four of the top ranked teams on the continent in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon and South Africa having made the semi-finals.

"Safa and our team sponsor Sasol need to be thanked for the continued support given to the national team which has turned our players into heroines in the eyes of sports fans across our country."

Veteran Banyana midfielder Portia Modise, who scored in the international friendly played in Rustenburg on June 3, said the Nigerians fielded their full strength team during the friendly matches and believes Banyana can break the mental block to record their first-ever win over the Super Falcons.

"The players are so keen to get the win over Nigeria and give South African football fans lots to be proud of as the win will allow our team to make the Final, which is one step further than what we achieved at the CAF 2010 African Women Championship," said Modise.

Banyana finished as the bronze medalists at the African showpiece event two years ago, going down to Equatorial Guinea in the semi-final, but beating Cameroon in the play-off match for third spot.

At this year's tournament, the South Africans finished second on the Group A log, recording wins against Senegal (1-0) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (4-1) and went down (1-0) to the hosts, Equatorial Guinea in the opening fixture.

With Equatorial Guinea having topped the Group A log at this year's tournament, the hosts will take on Cameroon in the second semi-final to be played in Malabo on Wednesday.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:40 pm
It's so easy to talk, just wait and see!
posted: 12:41 am
When you spend much of your time talking, you hardly perform. The match is a formality. 3-0 Nigeria wins.
posted: 02:39 am
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!
posted: 07:30 am
easy to talk but hard to perform in the pitch. I have seen this in the prev games that Banyana played. Rather shut-up and go prove your worth in the pitch.
posted: 08:16 am
Our girls will make us proud. We wish you all the best girls, these Nigerians were once the Powerhouse in Africa but not anymore... We will kick their Nigerian A$$, Dankie Portia "Bhashin" Modise....

I am a Proudly South African...
posted: 08:24 am
Banyana will win the tournament just wait and see!!!
posted: 08:31 am
Ii can't wait to see my super falcons lifting the cup again. For the bayana, askies! Super falcon await you tomorrow bcos una to they talk too much!
posted: 08:37 am
Its very difficult to predict the results on this one....yha if it was Chiefs vs Arrows, I would easily say Chiefs will wallop Arrows but with Banyana one can't say cause they r not consistent and Nigeria r too good
posted: 09:06 am
The influence of Portia Modise is huge in this team. her experiance shows vivid. this time im confident going into this game. The girls have done so so well thus far. go and beat themooooo!
posted: 09:07 am
Go and make us proud banyana, in u we believe.
D dio
posted: 09:27 am
Bayanabayana wil surely eat their proposed pounded yam in boiled yam. I trust naija ladies. 2-1 in favour of super falcon
D dio
posted: 09:27 am
Bayanabayana wil surely eat their proposed pounded yam in boiled yam. I trust naija ladies. 2-1 in favour of super falcon
tippy tappy
posted: 09:30 am
walk the talk.
posted: 09:58 am
The End of the road for our girls. I just don not see us beating Nigeria. I can give you Mr Editor R500 if we do. Call me at 076 3973 263. Email me at but should Nigeria win, I want same. Having said that, I wish Banyana best of luck
posted: 05:09 pm
Let them go and prepare for the third place match against Cameroon, are we talking of dancing for Zuma here?
posted: 07:23 pm
Cant someone allow me to marry and take Amanda Sister as a trophy if the South Africans are doubting our capability of beating them tommorrow? i luv that lady!
posted: 07:28 pm
Sorry Amanda Dlamini!!!!
posted: 08:56 pm
I can see that this people are bragging lets me just say this nigeria female will beat them 3 0 in favour of nigeria goodluck nigerians
posted: 08:56 am
It is easy for Bayana to be fired up before every match, but after the match on wednesday, they will be fired out. Watch Out.
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