Banyana Banyana settle for 1-All Draw in African Cup of Nations Qualifier Burkina Faso

Banyana Banyana were held to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in their first leg African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Thursday, 30 November 2023 at the Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, in Ivory Coast. Photo: Banyana Banyana on X

Banyana Banyana were held to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in their first-leg African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, in Ivory Coast, on Thursday, 30 November 2023.

The night belonged to Janine van Wyk, a long-time servant of women’s football in South Africa, who reached another milestone in her career, when former Banyana captain earned her 184th cap, and is now level with Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan for the most appearances on the continent.

There were no goals in the first half but Hildah Magaia broke the deadlock for her team in the 56th minute, after her long range attempt found the back of the net, proving her nickname ‘Breadwinner’, the all-important away goal. 

Banyana could have taken the lead earlier in the game, but Thembi Kgatlana’s goal in the 38th minute didn’t stand after being ruled offside.

Kholosa Biyana who was brought on to replace Van Wyk, had a chance to double her teams lead in the second period but her shot hit the goalpost. 

Twelve minutes after Magaia’s goal, the home team were on level terms, thanks to Yasso Konate, who ensured Burkina Faso head to South Africa with the draw.  Despite numerous attempts from Banyana to get another goal and seal victory, it did not materialise.

Both teams will now head to South Africa, where they will play the second leg in a must-win game for the hosts on 4 December 2023, at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. Desiree Ellis’ team will need a win if they want to book their ticket to Morocco for the tournament as they look to defend their AFCON title. 


Photo caption: Banyana Banyana were held to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in their first leg African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Thursday, 30 November 2023 at the Stade Charles Konan Banny de Yamoussoukro, in Ivory Coast. Photo: Banyana Banyana on X

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