With the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations done and dusted, Banyana Banyana came out tops beating neighboring country Botswana 5-0 on aggregate.
The tournament will take place in Cameroon from 19 November to 3 December 2016.
The Sasol sponsored team have qualified for two major tournament for the 2016 calendar, the Rio Olympics Games in August and AWCON later this year. Banyana’s hard work has not gone unnoticed as South African Football Association President Dr Danny Jordaan praised the girls on their achievements after the Botswana game at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.
Dr Jordaan said: “You have proven tonight that you can play the best football on your day. You have always given your best and you also showed that if you believe in your abilities you can make it. The fact that you qualified you have qualified for two major tournaments in one year makes it all sweeter. It is also an incredible feat that you have never missed out on the women’s AFCON since you played in 1995. That is a wonderful record.
Banyana head coach Vera Pauw and SA’s u23 men’s team head coach Own da Gama are in Brazil to attend the Olympic draw, at the iconic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon. South Africa is one of the three countries both the men’s and women’s sides have qualified for the Rio Olympics games 2016 along side Germany and Sweden.
Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
Canada, Zimbabwe, Australia, Germany
USA, New Zealand, France, Colombia