AWCON 2018 kick started on Saturday in Gold Coast, Ghana with participating teams geared up to win the coveted trophy.
And on Sunday, the South African ladies ‘Bayana Bayana’ stunned Super Falcons of Nigeria with a 1-0 win in one of the group’s fixture.
Substitute Thembi Kgatlana’s clinical finish earned South Africa the win over one of the tournament’s favourites, Super Falcons.
And, it was the second time Bayana Bayana would pull a win over their Nigerian counterparts in 11 meetings.
South Africa v Nigeria double clash
Most noteworthy, the Group B fixture between both sides came only a day after the male counterparts of both
countries clashed at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier.
Furthermore, Super Falcons put up a woeful performance as they failed to dominate proceedings at the Gold Coast Stadium.
Unimpressive Super Falcons
Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby watched helplessly as his side failed to display the dominance
she is known for his past encounters.
The cohesion between the various departments in the Nigerian team was unseen with faulty strings
of passes being a recurring decimal.
Mamello Makhabane ruined the chance to fire Bayana Bayana into a first half lead, as she shot wide.
South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was seen jumping to celebrate the goal but was disappointed by Makhabane’s poor finish.
Similarly, Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie didn’t do any different from Makhabane as she drove
into the opponent’s box unmarked but fired wide over the post.
Also, the South African ladies came out in the second half firing from all cylinders in a bit to break
But they lacked the tactical prowess in the final third to convert their numerous chances against Super Falcons.
However, Jermaine Seoposenwe took hold of a loose ball just inside the Falcons’ half delivering an
inch-perfect chip that bounced right into a dashing Kgatlana’s path on the right-hand side of the box.
Therefore, having outrun her marker, Kgatlana swung into action with a thunderous volley from a
difficult angle, and the ball curled away from Falcons’ goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi to send the
South African fans at the near empty stadium into excitement.
Finally, the South Africans kept the score line that way as they fought on to ensure a historic win
over the Super Falcons, thereby keeping their chance of qualification from the group alive.
Similarly,in the other group fixture, the Zambian ladies whitewashed two-time AWCON champions
Equatorial Guinea 5-0 to go top of Group B.