Van Wyk breaks African document as Banyana seal Wafcon spot

The victory was very important for Banyana, who might be seeking to defend their Wafcon title.

Banyana Banyana secured their spot on the Caf Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) after beating Burkina Faso 2-0 on the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Monday to finish a 3-1 mixture victory within the remaining spherical of qualifying.

Banyana and Burkina Faso performed to a 1-1 draw within the first leg, performed within the Ivory Coast – a impartial venue – earlier than Banyana gained the return leg at dwelling.

The victory was very important for Banyana, who might be seeking to defend their Wafcon title having gained the match two years in the past for the primary time of their historical past.

Securing the spot for the continental competitors was not the one celebration for the South Africans, as the sport in opposition to Burkina Faso additionally noticed defender Janine van Wyk set the document for probably the most capped worldwide participant on the continent as she marked her 185th recreation for Banyana.

Van Wyk, who might be hanging her boots, solely performed eight minutes earlier than she was changed by Lebogang Ramalepe.

Burkina Faso, who’re ranked 135th within the Fifa world rankings, gave Banyana a tricky recreation and made the Desiree Ellis’ expenses work onerous for his or her victory.

The West African crew used their bodily superiority to cease lots of the Banyana assaults. The house aspect managed to dictate the play, however issues didn’t go effectively when it got here to attempting to get a purpose.

There was a extremely good try from Jermaine Seoposenwe within the first 10 minutes of the match, however her header went over the bar.

In the meantime, Burkina Faso didn’t actually pose any risk in entrance of targets, with Banyana keeper Kaylin Swart barely getting any motion within the match.

The match went into half time with the rating at 0-0 and quite a bit to play for within the second half.

There was an enormous desperation for a purpose for the house aspect, however, Desiree Ellis tried to be as affected person as doable, with Thembi Kgatlana upfront being stored quiet by the guests.


A promising assault noticed Ramalepe being introduced down contained in the field and the referee known as for a penalty, which was finally slotted intothe again of the web properly by Linda Motlhalo within the 55th minute.

Substitute Nicole Michaels sealed the victory with the second of the match after outrunning Burkina Faso defence earlier than slotting the ball properly into the web.

Subsequent yr’s Wafcon finals might be hosted in Morocco for the second successive version. 

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