Banyana Banyana On Route to AWCON in Morocco

The South African Women’s team (Banyana Banyana) are heading to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) after winning 3-1 on aggregate against Algeria at the Stade Omar Hamadi on Wednesday evening. Photo: Banyana Banyana (Twitter)

The South African Women’s team (Banyana Banyana) are heading to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) after winning 3-1 on aggregate against Algeria at the Stade Omar Hamadi on Wednesday evening.

The South Africans dominated the first half in search of an opener with the likes of Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana making an impact.

In the 27th minute, the home team scored, however the goal was disallowed after a foul on South African goalkeeper, Andile Dlamini.

Dlamini was tested a few times by the Fennecs as they continuously searched for a lead.

In the final minutes of the first half, Algeria finally buried a chance and found the opening goal through Sylia Koui.

In the second half, a penalty was granted to the South Africans after a handball inside the box by the hosts. The penalty saw Banyana Banyana equalise through Motlhalo.

Algeria had to play the last minutes of the match with one man down after their captain, Lynda Belkacemi, was given her marching orders.

Banyana Banyana coach, Desiree Ellis believes they could have played better in the first half.

“Our finishing was poor. We could have been 3-0 up before they even scored the goal but this team has a lot of courage and has been in this position before.

“We knew we were going to get a chance again and once the penalty went in we simply took control of the game and just played our game,” she added.

“At the end, Algeria was chasing because they needed to chase but it was not a great goal to give away but credit to them. They never gave up, they fought until the end,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: The South African Women’s team (Banyana Banyana) are heading to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) after winning 3-1 on aggregate against Algeria at the Stade Omar Hamadi on Wednesday evening. Photo: Banyana Banyana (Twitter)

 

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