CAPE COAST, GHANA – After countless efforts, South Africa finally qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time after beating Mali 2-0 in their semi-final clash on Tuesday in Cape Coast.
“We knew that we had accomplished what we wanted to do and that's going to the World Cup. This is not about this team only,” said Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis.
“This is about all of South Africa. This is about all the coaches there before. About all the players who have been there before. It is also about the [SA] football association. We wouldn't have been anywhere if they weren't on board. They have been tremendous in the preparations we have had over a year. They made sure we made the best preparations possible.”
Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana and Lebohang Ramalepe scored in either half as Banyana set up a final date with rivals Nigeria on Saturday in Accra. Defending champions Nigeria had earlier edged Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in the other semifinal game in Accra.