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Banyana Banyana beat Nigeria’s Super Falcons

Posted: 7 November 2012 Time: 21:11

Janine van Wyk scored a first-half screamer as a disjointed Super Falcons team were beaten 1-0 by South Africa in the CAF African Women Championship semi-final on Wednesday.

Central defender Janine van Wyk scored the all-important goal in the 23rd minute, after Nigeria failed to clear their lines from a South African corner, and Van Wyk was on hand to strike the ball from 25 metres out with her left foot, and watch as it dipped in off the underside of the crossbar past goalkeeper and captain Precious Dede.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana will face Equatorial Guinea in the Final in Malabo on Sunday, November 11, after the hosts defeated Cameroon 2-0 in the first semi-final played earlier in the day.

The victory marked Banyana's first triumph over Nigeria, the number-one ranked side in Africa, since their international debut in 1993.

Particularly in the second half, the Nigerians came to the fore with attacking play but found Banjyana keeper Thoko Mndaweni in fine form between the posts.

The Nigerian attacks were often neutralised by some fine defensive work, with centre-back Amanda Sister combining superbly with Van Wyk, aided well by fullbacks Gabisile Hlumbane Van Wyk's clubmate Nothando Vilakazi.

With the speed of striker Jermaine Seoposenwe a major problem for the Nigerian rearguard, and with the experienced Portia Modise dominating the midfield tussles along with captain Amanda Dlamini and young tough-tackling Refiloe Jane, the South Africans saved their best performance at the tournament for the clash with the Nigerians.

Van Wyk is becoming a thorn in Nigeria's flesh from a goal-scoring perspective, having netted with a superb free-kick against the Super Falcons at the 2012 CAF African Women Championship held in Ekurhuleni.

"I have been in the Banyana Banyana side since 2004 and we have tried for so long to beat the Nigerians but luck has never been on our side, but now we have proved that we can compete and beat of the best on the continent," said Van Wyk, whose strike was her ninth in a Banyana Banyana jersey.

Speaking after the game, Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said: "Seeing Banyana beat Nigeria for the first time in our team's history has left us with an amazing sense of pride and confidence ahead of Sunday's Final against the hosts Equatorial Guinea. All of our players need to be commended for their commitment and discipline shown.

"We had to pick ourselves up after the opening match defeat against Equatorial Guinea and have applied ourselves to beat Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and now Nigeria.

"We have some homework to do before Sunday's Final, knowing we will play in front of a large red-clad crowd in what is certain to be a packed Malabo Stadium, but we will be ready for the challenge," added Mkhonza.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:23 pm
well done banyana banyana you are making mzansi proud bring back the gold
posted: 09:23 pm
Well done Banyana!
posted: 09:24 pm
Well done!
Gucci Man
posted: 09:27 pm
Well done to Banyana Banyana.......brilliant !!
posted: 09:36 pm
hhehe! hhehe! u,ve hit the rock solid dead end Banyana Banyana hhehe! hhehe! you wont beat Nigeria kuphi khona bayasdedela isbhaxu abantwana bakaSkheshekheshe basehlule ngobubi nje abaseLagos.well done Banyana Banyana my Bafana Bafana well played and well deserved win ladies #PROUDLYSAMOMENTS
Super Green
posted: 09:46 pm
Nigeria are nothing in Africa anymore......
posted: 09:51 pm
Congrats, Bayana. Super Falcons, nothing lasts forever.
Sekitla R4
posted: 10:13 pm
This is the best news ever to happen to Banyana, reaching the finals of AWC. I wish they can emulate the class of 96 by lifting the cup. All praises to the squad and Mr Mkhonza. You ask yourself what was Makalakalane doing to the girls all that time when he was a head coach?
posted: 10:28 pm
Cameroon, South Africa and Equatorial Guinea conceded an averaged of 3 to 4 goals in each and every loses during the London Olympics. If Nigeria can't even beat South Africa, that means Nigerian women's soccer is in a state of stagnant or simply retrogressing.
With that in mind, Africa women's soccer is about 2 or 3 levels below North America, Europe and Asia if South Africa and Equatorial Guinea are contesting for the finals.
posted: 10:33 pm
The dominance is over. Thanx Banyana
posted: 10:57 pm
Detmolder, is that your wish? I wont say that if I were you.
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 11:00 pm
Congra girls and good luck for the final.
posted: 11:19 pm
nigeria came wiv there teamB without oparanozie and co, anyway nig remains the best still i watched the match rsa were lucky. Thats the fact eq guinea will strike d gold. Kudos to women football
posted: 12:33 am
I hope you realize we didn't come full squad...
posted: 02:40 am
posted: 07:21 am
Well done Banyana, we dont care who says what, you made it, you beat Nigeria, it doesnt matter who say what.
posted: 07:38 am
And so Banyana have booked themselves spot at the Women's world cup. Best way for coach Mkhonza to celebrated being named coach of the year by SASA
posted: 07:55 am
Now that was a beautiful goal.
posted: 08:09 am
Well done Ladies, you have set a platform for Bafana Bafana to follow, it is now their turn to beat Nigeria. We will keep observing your progress.
Tico MP
posted: 08:15 am
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