Bayana stun Nigeria’s Super Falcons



Bayana Banyana started their African Women’s Nations Cup on a high with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Nigeria yesterday.

Nigeria were expected to start strong and did just that by piling on the pressure from the get-go. Banyana were not overawed but kept their defensive shape well while playing on the break.

Their first opening saw Mamello Makhabane’s long range shot from the middle of the park firing wide of target in the opening exchanges.

The South Africans then appealed for a penalty after Refiloe Jane was brought down inside the box. However, the plea fell on deaf ears as the referee waved play on instead.

The Falcons missed a good chance to go ahead when Sam Oparanozonie was unmarked, but she shot over the top with a gaping net.

In the second half, Bayana almost took the lead when a low cross connected with Jermain Seoposenwe but she shot wide of target from close range.

Bayana threatened later on, but beat the side-netting through an acute angle from Thembi Kgatlana.

The latter was not denied five minutes from time as she riffled home a first-time volley.

In search of a comeback with limited time remaining, Bayana stood their ground to beat the Nigerians for the first time in 11 games. – KickOff

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