Banyana Banyana put one foot in the semi-finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (Awcon) after hammering Equatorial Guinea 7-1 in the second group stage match at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Ghana on Wednesday night.
Although the victory has put them at the summit of Group B, they’ll at least need a draw in the last stage match against Zambia on Saturday to safely seal a spot in the last four.
From the starting team that pulled off a historic win over Nigeria in the opener, Banyana coach Desiree Ellis made three changes for the encounter as Thembi Kgatlana, Nompumelelo Nyandeni and Kgaelebane Mohlakoane all got the nod ahead of Busisiwe Ndimeni, Mamello Makhabane and Refiloe Jane.
Still high on confidence after their win against the Super Falcons, Banyana should have taken the lead as early as the second minute as an unmarked Leandra Smeda casually directed her attempt to goalkeeper Emiliana Ndong after being set up by Jermaine Seoposenwe.
However, the South Africans didn’t drop their guard and continued to search for a lead.