Brilliant banyans are crowned queens of the continent

Hilda Magaya was the star of the show when Banyana Banyana captured her first ever Caf Women’s African Cup of Nations title by beating hosts Morocco 2-1 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat on Saturday.

Magaya’s composure in the box allowed her to grab a double, while Rosella Ayane scored a repechage to the Lionesses of Africa.

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The first half was a tense struggle, with both sides creating some great chances but failing to score a goal.

Magaya had Banyana’s best opportunity in the first 45 minutes, but once she was hampered by a brilliant tackle, and once by Morocco goalkeeper Hadja Er-Rmici.

Morocco did manage to create a few scoring opportunities, with Fatima Tagnout looking dangerous, but Banyana’s back four, with experienced Noko Matlow at the forefront, remained solid as the game went to half time.

In the second half, nothing much changed, the two nations attacked each other. But it was South Africa that got to the point.

In the 63rd minute, Jermain Seoposenwe cut the ball out from under the signature and Magaya was in the right place to give Banyana the lead.

And after eight minutes, Magaya struck again, and Morocco could not reflect the canopy of Karabo Dhlamini on the left.

The hosts managed to bounce back with a goal in the 79th minute, but after a long period of stoppage time, Banyana held on to claim the continental crown for the first time.