Banyana dreams shattered

2010-11-12 09:21

It is all over for Banyana Banyana as their dreams of going to next year’s World Cup in Germany were shattered by Equatorial Guinea today.

In a repeat of 2008 final, Banyana went 3-1 down to the defending champions in this semifinal of the African Women’s Championships.

After dominating the proceedings for almost the entire game, Banyana fell apart during extra time when they allowed the West Africans to take control of the game.

Striker Simpore Salimata, who was jeered by the capacity crowd for her looks, broke the deadlock in the 103rd minute after she beat Banyana’s offside trap.

In an attempt to clear the ball, Banyana defender Simphiwe Dludlu netted an own goal in the 108th minute and Salimata put the final nail in Banyana’s coffin in the 114th minute.

Banyana did pull one back with three minutes to go through Amanda Dlamini but it was too little too late for them.

This is the game Banyana could have won during regulation time but found goalkeeper Miriam Silva in a fine form.

She thwarted Yola Jafta and Janine van Wyk’s efforts in the first half of the game. As the game grew old, Guinea became stronger and caused all sorts of troubles to the host team.

Guinea will now play Nigeria in Sunday’s final at the same stadium. The two finalists will represent the continent at next year’s World Cup.

Banyana will play Cameroon in the third and fourth place playoff.

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