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 2-1 Opening Defeats By South African Banyana Banyana Unsettles Nigerian Super Falcons Camp
July 5, 2022

2-1 Opening Defeats By South African Banyana Banyana Unsettles Nigerian Super Falcons Camp

The South Africa’s Banyana Banyana on Monday edged the Super Falcons of Nigeria  2-1 in the opening match of Group C of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco on Monday, in the process picking all three points and shooting to the top of the pool.

It was a somewhat balanced first 45 minutes with both teams unable to achieve any breakthrough.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the result was similar to that of 2018 WAFCON where Banyana Banyana piped the Super Falcons 1-0 in their opening game.

The result also meant that the South Africans have now recorded back-to-back wins against Nigeria after they defeated the Super Falcons 4-2 in the Aisha Buhari Cup Invitational in 2021.

On Monday, after a goalless first half, South Africa netted two quick goals through Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia to beat goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi from close range, after great work by Natalie Cesane who beat hard-working Ashleigh Plumptre with classy footwork on the edge of the Nigeria area and then sent the striker on her way.

The Super Falcons looked rejuvenated after Francisca Ordega and Uchenna Kanu came into the fray for Asisat Oshoala and Ifeoma Onumonu respectively. Two minutes into added time, Rasheedat Ajibade reduced the deficit when she found the ball at her feet in the box after good work and pass by captain Onome Ebi.

Cup holders Nigeria must gain all three points against Botswana in their second match of the competition on Thursday to revive their campaign.

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