They were able to hold on to that advantage and seal their final spot, living up to their billing as the continent’s third-placed side on the Fifa women’s world rankings
HOSTS South Africa will face central African guest nation Cameroon in the final of the Cosafa Women’s Championship after both sides won their semi-final clashes in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday.
Banyana Banyana defeated Uganda 2-0, while Cameroon saw off Zambia 1-0 in a hard-fought clash as they gained revenge for a group stage loss by the same scoreline to the She-Polopolo.
SA and Cameroon will contest the decider at Port Elizabeth’s Wolfson Stadium tomorrow (12 noon kick-off) in what is sure to be a titanic battle between two sides who have qualified for the African Women’s Championship in Ghana later in the year. Zambia and Uganda, meanwhile, will face off in today’s bronze medal match (3pm) as they seek to gain some reward from what has been an excellent championship for both sides.
Cameroon came through an excellent semi-final in which both sides had chances to score more goals. But they went into the break goalless and it took until the 77th minute to get the opening goal as Edith Ngo Mbeleck produced a neat finish to give Cameroon the lead. They were able to hold on to that advantage and seal their final spot, living up to their billing as the continent’s third-placed side on the Fifa women’s world rankings.
Banyana were also made to work hard for their win but sealed the victory after goals from tournament top scorer Linda Motlhalo and Jermaine Seoposenwe. Motlhalo was typically composed with her finish inside seven minutes to settle home nerves, before Refiloe Jane was denied by Uganda goalkeeper Ruth Atoru with an excellent stop.
The game was made safe on 67 minutes when Motlhalo turned provider as she broke behind the Uganda defence and with just Atoru to beat, unselfishly played in Seoposenwe for the simple score.
Entrance to the Wolfson Stadium today and for tomorrow’s final will be free to the public.
Third-place play-off – Today
Zambia vs Uganda (3pm kick-off)
Final – Tomorrow
South Africa vs Cameroon (12 noon kick-off)