Big win for Banyana; Morocco gear up for Senegal clash

Big win for Banyana; Morocco gear up for Senegal clash
Amogelang Masego Motau of South Africa celebrates a victory during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations match between Nigeria and South Africa at Stade Prince Moulay Al Hassan, Rabat on 04 July 2022 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jul 05, 2022. 12:44

Monday 4 July’s action in the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations (WAFCON) saw South Africa underline their status as one of the tournament favourites with a 2-1 win over 14-time and reigning champions Nigeria.

The heavyweights met in the opening Group C match in Rabat, with Banyana Banyana taking all three points thanks to quick-fire second-half goals from Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia. Rasheedat Ajibade scored a late consolation for the Super Falcons.

Topping Group C is Botswana, who beat fellow WAFCON rookies Burundi 4-2 in the late game on Monday: The Mares’ Refilwe Tholakele scored a brace to add to strikes from Lesego Radiakanyo and Keitumetse Dithebe. Sandrine Niyonkuru netted a brace for the Swallows.

Tuesday 5 July brings the start of Matchday 2, with Group A fixtures pitting Burkina Faso against Senegal (19:00 CAT) and Uganda against hosts Morocco (22:00 CAT) – both games will be played at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

The Atlas and Teranga Lionesses will both be looking for second wins in Group A and locking out of the top two positions ahead of their Matchday 3 meeting later this week.

Morocco coach Reynald Pedros is hoping his team can build on their opening 1-0 win over Burkina Faso: “Our way of apprehending the matches would have changed if we had lost the first match, if we had drawn or lost,” the Frenchman is quoted by Africa Top Sports [].

“Everything is fine, we know we were going to have a difficult match, we knew that all the matches were going to be difficult. The WAFCON favourites are not Morocco. We are progressing, we are working a lot to prepare for this WAFCON.”

WAFCON results and fixtures

Monday 4 July

Nigeria 1-2 South Africa

Burundi 2-4 Botswana

Tuesday 5 July (times CAT)

19:00: Burkina Faso v Senegal

22:00: Uganda v Morocco

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