In late drama, Banyana advances to WAFCON finals

Banyana Banyana will get another shot at continental glory in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final after they beat Zambia 1-0 in stoppage time at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca on Monday night.

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In what looked to be a penalty shoot-out semi-final, Banyana was awarded a VAR check after striker Jermain Seoposenwe was knocked down in the box. Linda Motlalo took the lead and won the game for Desiree Ellis.

Banyan had always had a hard time fighting the Copper Queens, as both sides were all-too-familiar enemies.

The Zambians had the upper hand from the start of the game and the Copper Queens were extremely menacing at half-time, although Banyana dominated possession.

Skipper Grace Chanda gave Banyana a lot to think about as the midfielder was involved in most of their attacks. Chanda’s first chance was back on the minute, after a mistake by the four defenders of South Africa, but the Zambian’s shot went wide

Further opportunities for Zambia once again fell to Siomal Mapepe and Chanda, but they were wasted, leaving the game goalless at half-time.

Banyana improved in the second half and they thought they got a penalty after Noxolo Cesane fell during a 57th-minute minute, and the referee pointed to the spot. However, a VAR check showed that the foul had occurred right outside the penalty area and a free kick was awarded instead.

After that, both sides had chances. Chanda’s attempt went within inches of goal as Hilda Magaya closed in on Banyana as she tried to beat Katherine Musonda at the near post, but the Zambian shot stopper made a great save.

However, there was nothing Musonda could do as Motlhalo beat her from the spot to her death in order to keep Banyana’s hopes for the first ever continental crown alive and well.