Nigeria break Banyana hearts

2014-10-22 22:05

Banyana Banyana lost 2-1 to Nigeria today in their CAF African Women’s Championship semifinal at the Sam Nujoma Stadium, in Windhoek, Namibia.

Two goals in the seven minutes leading into half time from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala were enough to seal the result and a place in the final, even with Banyana pulling a goal back through Refiloe Jane late in the second period.

The top three teams at this year’s tournament will qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada, and Banyana will still have a chance of qualification if they win their third/fourth place playoff match.

In the 18th minute, Banyana replacement goalkeeper Thokozile Mndaweni blocked a certain goal with the shot coming from Oshoala.

Mndaweni blocked another attempt less than a minute later as a rampaging Nigerian attack carved up the Banyana defence.

In response, Banyana attempted to open the scoring in the 21st minute.

Portia Modise had a dip at goal from outside the box, and with the keeper beaten the ball swerved centimetres wide of the target.

In the 38th minute Nigeria hit the front.

Oshoala broke away from the last line of defence, calmly rounded a Banyana player in the box and found the back of the net to take a 1-0 lead for Nigeria.

On the verge of the half-time break, Oshoala made a run down the right and, spotting Mndaweni off her line, lobbed the ball over the keeper for a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, Banyana scored in the 68th minute.

Modise sent a cross into the box, and Jane’s headed attempt was adjudged to have crossed the line to grab a goal back for Banyana with just over 20 minutes remaining.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.