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SA women beat Nigeria to reach African women football championship final.

JOHANNESBURG (CyHAN)- South Africa's national women's football team, Banyana Banyana, caused a major upset by beating tournament favourites

Nigeria in the semi-final of the 2012 Confederation of African Football's Women's Championship.

Banyana Banyana recorded a 1 -- nil win over Nigeria at the Bata Stadium in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday night.

South African defender, Janine van Wyk scored the only, but most important goal of the match, after 23 minutes of play, after the Nigerian defence failed to clear from a corner.

Van Wyk's strike was scored from 25 meters out with her left foot, and went in off the crossbar to beat Nigerian goalkeeper Precious Dede.

In addition, South Africa's defence held out for the win, neutralizing the Nigerian attack, as they tried to grab an equalizer.

The South African's women team will now meet host Equatorial Guinea in the final of the African Women's Championships, after the host nation beat Cameroon 2-nil in the first semi-final.

Banyana Banyana's victory was even sweeter; as it marked the teams first ever win over continental football giants, Nigeria since readmission to international sport in 1993.


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Date:Nov 8, 2012
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