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Late goal ends Banyana’s World Cup dream

Posted: 25 October 2014 Time: 21:14

The South African women’s national team has failed to write their own history and book a place at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Banyana lost 1–0 to Ivory Coast on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd/4th place play-off of the African Women’s Championship.

Vera Pauw's side failed to join Nigeria and Cameroon as the third team to represent Africa in Canada next year. Nigeria went on to win the tournament after beating Cameroon 2-0 in the Final.

A late goal by Guehai Ida shattered the South African ladies’ hopes of competing at the world event.

Pauw started with the team that beat Algeria 5–1 in the last group match, and Thoko Mndaweni starting in goals ahead of Roxanne Barker.

Banyana knew the significance of the match as they took off in attack mode, putting Ivory Coast under pressure. The South Africans enjoyed most of the possession in the opening stanza.

Sanah Mollo’s shot inside the box went over the crossbar before Amanda Dlamini forced the Ivorian keeper to parry her long-range shot out for a corner in the opening five minutes of the game.

Nompumelelo Nyandenialso came close to opening the scoring in the 12th minute, but her shot from outside the box went over the bar.

Banyana kept Ivory Coast in their own half for the most part of the first half, with Makhabane, Mollo, Ramalepe and Dlamini all coming very close to getting goals in the opening 30 minutes. Their chances went just inches wide or over the poles.

Ivory Coast looked threatening on one occasion only, but Mndaweni made a comfortable save from a set-piece shot taken by Akoffou Rita a couple of yards outside the box.

Banyana retaliated two minutes later, but Mollo’s header in front of goals went wide, while Van Wyk forced the Ivorian keeper to parry her on-target free-kick out for a corner in the dying minutes of the half.

Ivory Coast second-half substitute N’guessan Ange seemed to be a handful for the Banyana defence, keeping them busy in the opening minutes of the second half and forcing them to clear the ball out of danger in the 53rd minute.

Mndaweni made great saves, denying Ivory Coast any chance of opening the scoring.

Banyana continued with their bid to get the goal. Refiloe Jane’s shot from outside the box went over the crossbar in the 78th minute.

It was a game of two halves as Ivory Coast dominated most of the second half and Mndaweni was kept the busier of the two keepers.

The West African team scored the only goal of the match with six minutes of play remaining. Ida took a shot from close range after the ball bounced in the box from a corner kick.

Banyana pushed for an equaliser, with Portia Modise and Noko Matlou coming close in the dying minutes, but it was not to be.

Article by: SAFA Media

Livefyre comments on this story...

Nkombose ka Baba
posted: 2014-10-25 19:18:45

What a late article

posted: 2014-10-25 19:22:45

Let them come back home, soccer is not for women

Kevin Brian
posted: 2014-10-25 20:02:07

Beerginner , you meant to say soccer is not for south africa, right?

posted: 2014-10-25 20:06:06

Kevin Brian Beerginner No. This thing of women playing football is not on

posted: 2014-10-25 20:11:43

Banyana Banyana....You need to get some negative fans of yours, to STOP degrading/disrespectful comments on the Champions,Super Falcons of Nigeria, only then will your luck/performances begin to SHINE.

posted: 2014-10-25 20:27:52

Sorry dem galz. 

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-10-25 20:44:50

Nigeria is a home for champions. AWC trophy, ANC trophy and U17 WC trophy all in Nigeria. Can any country in Africa beat that? They can only dream it while we live it weldone Super Champions Falcons, weldone Super Champions Eagles, weldone golden Champions Eaglets. We must keep flying

posted: 2014-10-25 20:47:25

Try next time,WEST AFRICAN"ahooooooooooh"..we don't play Rubbish or it's Rugbish,so we leave it for you guys,but for Football,we hold the power house....cos the South Africans keeps claiming they are better whenever they lose against any WA team,not knowing it's a game that even animals loves in our region....

so so see your team improve,before you boast of their victory,or else,it leads to disappointment....

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2014-10-25 22:11:01

Women's football should just be abandoned… Its the worst idea since someone called a team Chiefs…

posted: 2014-10-25 22:19:36

This is one of those matches that luck played an enormously part! So Banyana Banyana you did well,there is nothing to ashamed about,you played well! Remember tomorrow is another day,though my regret is Portia Modise I would have loved to see her in Canada, because I was told she is planning to retire and don't know if that is the truth, because she worked so hard the whole time; as to get the reward of being in Canada,but it's a pity, that this didn't happen. Anyway,you girls did well! Well done girls! Up Banyana Banyana.

posted: 2014-10-26 00:11:58

hallee ladies it was not our time.

posted: 2014-10-26 01:05:18

These Nigerians are just good in everything they do...Hmmmmmm.I'm happy for them since my lovely wife is Nigerian.Feeling bad for our Banyanas'..

posted: 2014-10-26 05:04:57

Haha @CJB Ramosese oreng naa?  

young s (blame Willie Lynch)
posted: 2014-10-26 06:16:51

But to be honest Banyana ba Mzansi don't look like footballers compared to other nations,big asses,big boobs and curves! Look at Portia Modise who is supposed to be our best player! And I remember watching our under 17 girls playing against Germany and the difference in body structure,fitness and development was telling.I'm not saying our girls can't play because they have some skills but they are not ready for the world cup.Another thing is that our girls ba nyobiwa thata from an early age.You could find that the German u/17 team that beat us 11-0 back then was made up of virgins while we had teenage mothers masquerading as footballers.The senior team a ke Sa bolela;Magwinya,dikota ke mepako fela!!!

Gibson Smartt
posted: 2014-10-26 07:47:25

Banyana Banyana were awful anyway. Please someone, just fire this coach!

posted: 2014-10-26 07:50:31

CJB Ramses III ,What are you trying to start again this time around? Why should any one want to ride on a Camel back at the Jet age? Please stop that!Our girls must continue to play soccer non stop,until they win the World Cup.Boko Haram said that girls shouldn't go to school anymore,and you said that girls should play soccer anymore,So where is the civilization? CJB Ramses111,do you use cell phone? Please if you do,than don't talk about abandoning women's soccer.Because all is about advancement and civilization.Helloo!!

posted: 2014-10-26 07:57:52

We were not good enough, the will wasn't there. Other countries, the ones who are going to the World Cup wanted it more.

carsey clark
posted: 2014-10-26 08:11:30

NIGERIA BORN CHAMPIONS,,, is in our blood!!! CHAMPIONS IN EVERYTHING WE DO... up super falcons, up super eagles, up golden eaglets.. UP DOPE BOYSZ!!!!!!!!!! lolzzzz

posted: 2014-10-26 08:11:42

The situation was very painful for every one,but those girls did their best, is only that luck wasn't on their side. Also that goal came at a very bad time. Had they had more time, Banyana Banyana could've equalized and even go on to win the game. That was the way I saw it.

posted: 2014-10-26 10:58:04

Sanah mollo ei the girl has got it.

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