Women’s AFCON 2016: five-star South Africa cruise into semis

South Africa

After enduring a disappointing draw and defeat in their first two group matches of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa finally found a breakthrough against Egypt at the Limbe Ominisport Stadium, scoring five and conceding none, as they cruised into the semi-finals of the eight-nation tournament for a sixth time in a row.
Coming off a historic victory over Zimbabwe, Egypt needed just a draw to secure progress into the knockout round for the first time ever, but they were denied by a more experienced South Africa, who had to win to advance.
Both teams made their intentions known from the get go, with South Africa doing all the attacking, while Egypt concentrated on their defence.
In their quest for an early goal, Andisiwe Mgcoye and Jermaine Seoposenwe both found spaces for Banyana Banyana but failed to beat Maha Shehata who stood solid in goal for Egypt.
However, after enduring 207 minutes without a goal in Cameroon, Mgcoyi tapped in Ngubane’s cross to open the scoring in the 27th minute as they led 1-0 into the break.
Egypt’s first glimpse of attack in the first half came off a freekick that yielded nothing.
The North Africans increased their offensive tempo in the second half in search of an equalizer, but were terribly punished instead.
In the 60th minute, Nothando Vilakazi took advantage of a defensive mix up in the Egyptian area to double South Africa’s lead. And two minutes later, substitute Jane Refiloe collected a loose ball and made it 3-0.
By the 67th minute, it was 4-0 courtesy of Jermaine Seoposenwe, who dribbled her way into the penalty area and unleashed a shot that Shehata could do nothing about.
All Linda Motlhalo did was to put the game to bed with the fifth goal for the sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana in the 84th minute.
Following Cameroon’s 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe in Yaounde, Desiree Ellis’ charges, having finished second in Group A will now meet the winner of Group B on November 29 by 7pm local time at the Limbe Ominisport Stadium.

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