We Showed Our Maturity Over Nigeria, South Africa Coach Boasts After Beating Super Falcons

We Showed Our Maturity Over Nigeria, South Africa Coach Boasts After Beating Super Falcons

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  • July 4, 2022
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South Africa’s Banyana Banyana edged the Super Falcons 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.

But South Africa were up 2-0 within two minutes of the hour-mark after Jermaine Seoposenwe hooked the ball into the Nigeria defence to get a clear chance 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 cheers and back-slapping on the Banyana bench had hardly died down when, after a nifty exchange of passes in the middle, Michelle Alozie was beaten with a long ball on Nigeria’s right and Hildah Magaia shot past onrushing Tochukwu Oluehi.

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 passed by captain Onome Ebi.

South Africa coach, Desiree Ellis said in the post-match press conference that “This is a very big win for us as a team. We needed to get this result because it sets the tone for the rest of the tournament. We had a meeting before we started training to talk about our goals and ambitions. We want to qualify for the World Cup and win the title here.”

“We know what happened in 2018, but we have matured over the past four years and there are changes in our team. Jermaine played about four positions today. That is the versatility we have now as a team.”

“This victory is for everyone back home and for all the coaches. This is for everyone connected to women’s football back home,” a content Ellis added.

“Despite the loss, we are still positive in camp. It is obviously the first game of the tournament so we have to go back and regroup. We have to increase our urgency in the fighting spirit because we are encouraged by it. We have to play the way we played in the last 10-15 minutes so that we get going,” explained Nigeria’s coach Randy Waldrum.

South Africa now top Group C ahead of their next game against Burundi on Thursday, July 7 at 1700hrs GMT while Nigeria take on Botswana on the same day at 2000hrs GMT.

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