End of championship dream for Banyana

Thursday, November 11, 2010
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Equatorial Guinea will defend their CAF African Women's Championship against the Super Falcons of Nigeria on Sunday after they walloped Banyana Banyana 3-1 in the semi-final match on Thursday.

Banyana will now fight for the third sport against Cameroon on Sunday, while Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea will battle it out for continental supremacy at Daveyton's Sinaba stadium.

The host nation lost concentration in the second half of the extra time following sloppy defence by Janine van Wyk in the 103th minute.

The defence continued to put more pressure on the home team, with a counterattack that saw another Banyana defender, Simphiwe Dludlu, scoring an own goal.

A few minutes later, Banyana defence left Salimata Simpore unmarked, and she easily scored the third goal for her team.

South Africa's consolation goal came through 22-year-old Amanda Dlamini in the dying minutes of the match.

When the referee blew the final whistle, there was a deafening silence at Sinaba stadium.

By reaching the finals, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria will both represent the African continent at the FIFA Women's World cup in Germany next year.

The Super Falcons, who are ranked number one on the African continent, reached the finals after they beat Cameroon 5-1.

In the 2008 AWC, hosted by Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea went undefeated in Group A, which featured Cameroon, Congo, and Mali.

They impressively defeated Nigeria 1-nil and went on to win the Championship after beating South Africa 2-1. They became the 1st nation other than Nigeria to win the AWC.