Super Falcons humiliate Banyana

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pretoria - The Super Falcons of Nigeria intensified their supremacy at the CAF African Women Championship when they beat Banyana Banyana 2-1 at Sinaba Stadium on Thursday.

With this win, the West Africans remain on top of the Group A with six points and seven goals, while South Africa's second spot will be determined by this afternoon's clash between Mali and Tanzania at the same venue.

Banyana Banayana were not playing as a unit and when they tried to organise themselves in the middle of the park, the Super Falcons closed the space.

Again, the West African powerhouse defence was also able to keep Banyana attackers, Noko Matlou and Jermaine Seoposenwe at bay, throughout the first half.

However, in the 22th minute, Banyana opened up and this led to the Nigerians getting their first goal through 35-year-old striker, Perpetua Nkwocha.

Six minutes into the second half, Nkwocha netted a header from a corner-kick to earn herself a brace; the corner came as a result of some sloppy play by Banyana at the back.

A minute into the second-half, South African won a set-piece 27 metres from the box and Banyana no nonsense defender, Janine van Wyk scored with her well-taken shot.

In the second-half, Banyana were all over the Super Falcons, but still struggled to find an important equaliser.

However, they shortly ran out of steam and allowed the number ranked, Nigerians to come back to the game by easily giving away balls in the middle of the park.

When Banyana tried to move forward, the Super Falcons defense remained disciplined and denied the home-side to get a goal.

South Africa beat Tanzania 2-1 in their opening match, while the Super Falcons beat Mali 5-nil.

The next and final Group A match for Banyana will be against Mali on Sunday at Sinaba Stadium, while the tournament favourite, Nigeria will face Tanzania at Makhulong stadium on the same day. Kick-off of both matches is 15:30.

The Nigerians have in the past won the tournament in 1998, 2000, 2002 2004 and 2006.