Tuesday , October 26 2021

Awcon 2018: South Africa 2-0 Mali: Banyana Banyana set final date with Nigeria



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Banyana Banyana will face the Super Falcons in Saturday's final after dispatching Les Aiglonnes in Cape Coast on Tuesday

A goal in either half was enough to steer South Africa to a 2-0 semi-final victory over Mali at the ongoing Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana on Tuesday.

Houston Dash attacker Thembi Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe emerged heroines for Banyana Banyana at the Cape Coast Stadium as their strike set up a final date with eight-time champions Nigeria on Saturday.

The result too secured Desiree Ellis' outfit a qualification ticket for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis made one change to the side that settled for a 1-1 draw with Zambia in their last group game, restoring Jermaine Seoposenwe to the XI for Busiswe Ndimeni.

Mali coach Mohamed Saloum Houssein, on the other hand, introduced three new faces in his starting XI. Binta Diarra, Yakare Niakate and Djenaba Baradji took the places of Lala Dicko, Aminata Doucoure and Agueissa Diarra for the last-four fixture.

Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk launched the first attempt on the goal with a third minute free-kick before Nothando Vilakazi curled another set-piece over the bar moments later.

On 31 minutes, South Africa registered the opening goal through none other than tournament top scorer Thembi Kgatlana, who took her tally to five

After Rafiloe Jane's seemingly misdirected a lofted ball, the USA-based attacker pounced on a sliced ​​clearance by Salimata Diarra and released a close-range shot which was just bobbled in the net.

Mali's closest goal was the first half came in stoppage time when Diarra's shot flew wide, shortly after Bassira Toure's grounder was cleared out when South Africa goalkeeper Kaylin Swart fumbled with a free kick.

There were even less clear-cut chances for either side after recess.

Linda Motlhaho's 75th minute shot from outside the box was the first real test for Mali goalkeeper Adoudou Konate

Then there was a goal out of South Africa when Ramalepe caught by the Kontees out of the box

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Mali tried to get a late fightback but Banyana Banyana

Les Aiglonnes will face Cameroon, who lost 4-2 on penalties to Nigeria in the first semi-final, in the third-place playoff on Friday.

The winner of the penultimate tournament will also join the two finalists for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

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