Opinion: AWCON Hosts through as South Africa walk on thin ice

By Sizakelep Nkosi 

 

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The 10th Africa Women Cup of Nations proved to be ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ 2.0 for the South Africa Women’s National Team, on Tueday in Yaounde, Cameroon. Banyana Banyana forward Andisiwe Mgcoyi has the battle scars on her face to prove on how physical the game was.

It was never going to be easy for the Sasol sponsored team facing the hosts Cameroon, in the second match of Group A. Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck the second half substitute, scored the controversial yet decisive goal to put the Lionesses on top of the table with 6 points.

With the goalkeeper impeded and on the floor – Mbeleck unmarked in the box pounced on a ball cleared off the goal line by Nothando Vilakazi, to it make 1-0 in the 83rd minute.

Andile Dlamini who has played second fiddle to Roxanne Barker has really flourished in the competition. Dlamini’s stellar performance against Zimbabwe made Coach Desiree Ellis reward her with a return in goal and that fine form continued against the Lionesses.

” I believe we had a good game and we gave as good as we got, but this is football, ” stressed Ellis.

” One moment will deny the whole match, that goal in the 83rd is something we will have to go back and look into.

” However we still have a game on Friday. We will go back and continue preparing for our last group A match”, added Ellis

Banyana Banyana will have to win their last group match against Egypt on Friday at the Limbe Omnisports Stadium (SA Time 17h00).

In what remains the twist of the tournament, the Lady Pharaohs scored a late goal by Salma Ahmed to defeat Zimbawe 1-0.

 

 

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