South Africa’s women’s national football team will on Saturday challenge Nigeria’s Super Falcons for the 2018 African Women’s Nations Cup title.
Banyana Banyana, who have impressed throughout the tournament overcame Mali in the semi-final, putting two unanswered goals past the Female Eagles.
In the other semi-final, Nigeria and Cameroon played out a goalless draw, including a barren period of extra time. The defending champions went on to win the resulting penalty shootout (4-2).
AWCON 2018 also acts as the African qualifiers to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Nigeri and South Africa thereby confirmed their slots at the tournament which will take place in France.
South Africa will be featuring at the World Cup for the first time, while Nigeria have been to every World Cup since 1991.
The third place match between Cameroon and Mali on Friday, will also determine the final African representative for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A high-stakes final
Nigeria, who are the team to beat in women’s football, will be seeking revenge against the South Africans who stunned them (1-0) in their opening game at AWCON 2018.
‘‘For now we celebrate and prepare for the final match on Saturday…now that we have that out of the way, the next target is retaining the trophy,’‘ said Nigeria’s coach, Thomas Dennerby.