Banyana’s Afcon dream dashed after loss to Nigeria

Looking to upset the defending champions, South Africa went into the game as firm underdogs.

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JOHANNESBURG - Banyana Banyana’s dream of winning their first Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title was dashed by Nigeria’s Super Falcons, as they went down 1-0 in Tuesday night’s semi-final in Limbe, Cameroon.

Looking to upset the defending champions, South Africa went into the game as firm underdogs.

They managed to give Nigeria a headache for the most part of the game.

Coach Desiree Ellis’s side squandered numerous chances in front of the goal that could have seen them walk away comfortable winners, something that was bemoaned by the interim boss.

“Once again we didn’t convert our chances and that is the name of the game. But South Africa can be proud of Banyana Banyana. We came and we played, we fought hard and I think the game could have gone either way.”

Banyana still have a chance at a bit of redemption as they have a clash with Ghana on Friday for a shot at the bronze medal.

Ghana were beaten by hosts Cameroon in the first semi-final, which means that Cameroon and Nigeria will battle it out for the 2016 honours.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)