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04 July 21:02

Banyana Banyana claimed a crucial 2-1 victory in their opening Women’s Africa Cup of Nations encounter against tournament favourites Nigeria on Monday.

After a goalless first half, South Africa quickly took a comfortable two-goal lead on the hour mark when Jermaine Seoposenwe opened the scoring. Less than three minutes later, Hildah Tholakele Magaia put the ball beyond Nigeria’s goalkeeper to double the lead as Desiree Ellis’ charges looked charged after the half-time break.

South Africa’s game management got the better of Super Falcons for the remainder of the fixture, but poor defending resulted in Nigeria pulling a goal back.

Rasheedat Ajibade netted from close range, but the referee sounded the full-time whistle two minutes later to ensure a Banyana win at the Moulay Hassan FUS.

Banyana are now top of Group C, with matches against Burundi (Thursday, 19:00) and Botswana (Sunday, 22:00) on the cards later this week.

04 July 20:50

FULL-TIME: Banyana Banyana 2-1 Nigeria

04 July 20:49

Nigeria pull one goal back with Ajibade netting from close range. 

04 July 20:48

90' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

04 July 20:47

83' South Africa have managed the game well until this point, with just a few minutes remaining in the fixture. 

04 July 20:24

67' Now is not the time for Desiree Ellis' charges to become complacent after taking such a well-deserved lead. Just under 25 minutes remaining in this fixture, and the three points are theirs for the taking.

04 July 20:21

Less than three minutes later, Banyana take a 2-goal lead with Magaia sensationally finishing off a counter-attacking move. 

04 July 20:20

63' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

04 July 20:19

Cesane latched onto a searching cross from Kgatlana before playing a through ball towards Seoposenwe, who makes no mistake with her first touch before knocking it beyond the goal-line.

04 July 20:17

60' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!

04 July 20:06

49' CHANCE! Oshoala snaps a quick shot out of nowhere but Dlamini has sticky palms and makes a fantastic save.

04 July 20:02

45' Second-half is now underway ...

04 July 20:00

The players are back out on the field and readying themselves for the second stanza.

04 July 19:47

HALF-TIME!

04 July 19:37

30' Still goalless between Banyana and Nigeria at the Stade Moulay Hassan.

04 July 19:25

24' HUGE BLOCK! Matlou does her defensive duties with aplomb as she brings a stop to Oshoala's attempted strike.


04 July 19:18

12' CHANCE! Kgatlana sweeps a low cross from the right flank into the Nigeria danger area but Seoposenwe miss times the chance to stop and shoot.

04 July 19:09

6' Plenty of back and forth here between the two sides but no real goal threats. Nigeria passing the ball around with intent, with South Africa defending in equal measure. 

04 July 19:01

1' First half is now underway ...

04 July 18:57

Next ... the South African national anthem! 

04 July 18:56

First up, the Nigerian national anthem ...

04 July 18:56

The anticipation is real for this fixture as the two heavyweight teams walk out from the tunnel.

04 July 18:27

Nigeria XI: Oluehi (GK); Alozie, Ohale, Ebi (C), Plumptre; Ajibade, Ayinde, Chikwelu; Payne, Oshoala, Onumonu.

04 July 18:23

Banyana Banyana XI: Dlamini (GK); Ramalepe, Mbane, Matlou, Holweni; Cesane, Jane (C), Motlhalo, Magaia, Kgatlana, Seoposenwe.

04 July 16:51

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04 July 16:47

HISTORY BETWEEN BANYANA BANYANA AND NIGERIA AT AWCON

1995 AWCON final

1st leg: Nigeria 4-1 Banyana Banyana 

2nd leg: Banyana Banyana 1-7 Nigeria

2000 AWCON final

Banyana Banyana 0-2 Nigeria

2002 AWCON semi-final

Nigeria 5-0 Banyana Banyana

2006 AWCON group stage

Banyana Banyana 0-2 Nigeria

2008 AWCON group stage

Nigeria 1-0 Banyana Banyana

2010 AWCON group stage

Banyana Banyana 1-2 Nigeria

2012 AWCON semi-final

Banyana Banyana 2-1 Nigeria

2014 AWCON semi-final

Banyana Banyana 1-2 Nigeria

2016 AWCON semi-final 

Nigeria 1-0 Banyana Banyana

2018 AWCON group stage

Banyana Banyana 1-0 Nigeria

04 July 16:31

Speaking at a Press Conference on Sunday afternoon, Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis emphasized the importance of getting a good result in the competition's opening game.

"The first game of the tournament is always the biggest game, and this makes it even better because it's against defending champions Nigeria, and because it is Nigeria, the game is bigger than what it is supposed to be," said Ellis.

"We want to start well, and we know it is going to be a tough encounter. They are not Champions for nothing.

"They have been consistent over the years, and that is one area that we need to improve on; to be consistent in our performances and be classified amongst the best.

"It's all about the three points at the moment and getting the tournament to a good start," added Ellis.

- SAFA web

04 July 16:28

GAME DAY!
<strong>GAME DAY!</strong>

04 July 14:52

WELCOME!

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