Banyana drop the ball against Nigeria

2010-11-04 11:56

South Africa’s jinx against Nigeria in football continued here today as the Super Falcons beat Banyana Banyana 2-1 in the African Women’s Championships at a packed Sinaba Stadium.

The victory, courtesy of Perpetua Nkwocha’s brace in the first half, puts Nigeria in the driving seat of group A and guarantees them a place in the semi-finals.

Although the home side gave as much as it could, it was not good enough as the West Africans continued with their dominance over South Africans.

This was classified as a grudge game between the two rivals but Nigeria showed their superiority from the onset and it was not surprising when they took the lead in the 22nd minute after Nkwocha outpaced Banyana’s defense to easily slot home.

The super striker was at it again in the 39th minute when she headed home from a corner kick to take her goals tally to five in two matches.

But the home team was not to be outdone as defender Janine van Wyk pulled one with a scorcher from a free kick a minute before the break.

The second half was no different as the two teams attacked each other, with Nigeria looking for an assurance goal and South Africa searching for an equalizer.

But it was not to be at the half time score remained.

Banyana will now have to beat Mali on Sunday to book a place in the last four while Nigeria can afford to rest their star players against Tanzania as they are already through.

With only two countries qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Germany, Banyana’s chances of featuring in the tournament took a knock, but they still have a chance if they can beat Mali.

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