Banyana Banyana through to the semi-final of the 2018 Women’s AFCON

Banyana Banyana are through to the semi-finals of the 2018 Women’s AFCON following a 1-1 draw against Zambia in the Battle of the South played at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana on Saturday, 24 November 2018.

This was South Africa’s seventh last four qualification in a row in the tournament – the last time they failed to do so was in 2004 when Banyana Banyana hosted the competition.

Head coach Desiree Ellis made three changes to the squad that walloped Equatorial Guinea 7-1 – restoring the starting line-up that took on Nigeria, but minus Jermaine Seoposenwe.

Thembi Kgatlana was quick off the mark to put South Africa into the lead with a goal in the seventh minute – her fourth goal in the three matches in the tournament, which saw her walk away with the Woman of the Match for third time in a row, the only player to do so in the competition.

But the celebrations had hardly died down when Zambia stunned Banyana Banyana with an equaliser just a minute later after the defence was caught napping.

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