Linda Motlhalo celebrates scoring the opening goal for Banyana Banyana against Uganda on Thursday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

They’ve done it! Banyana Banyana are through to the Cosafa Women’s Championship final after beating Uganda 2-0 on Thursday.

The South Africans will get a chance to defend their title in the final against Cameroon, who got the better of Zambia 1-0 earlier in the day at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Coach Desiree Ellis would’ve been pleased with the manner in which they started the semi-final against Uganda. 

Linda Motlhalo netted the opening goal within the first seven minutes – her fourth of the tournament, making her the leading goal-scorer – and that early strike would’ve settled Banyana’s nerves.

Banyana had a few opportunities to increase their lead in the opening 45 minutes, but Refiloe Jane and Jermaine Seoposenwe were unable to find the back of the net.

It was a similar story in the second half, with Jane, Thembi Kgatlana and Kgaelebane Mohlakoana going close.

But the breakthrough came after the hour mark as Seoposenwe finished off for her second goal of the tournament, from an assist by Motlhalo.

That was enough for the boisterous home crowd to begin the celebrations, and Banyana saw things through to the end without any damage.

The South Africans will now face Cameroon in Saturday’s final at the Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, with kickoff at 12 noon.

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