Ghana ………….1 (Eshun 48’)

South Africa ……0

The South African Senior Women’s National Team missed out on a bronze medal after going down 1-0 to the Black Queens of Ghana in the 3rd/4th place play-off of the 2016 Edition of the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The match took place on Friday, 02 December 2016.

The Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana missed many scoring opportunities throughout the tournament and today was no different as they dominated the game but failed to put away any of their chances.

On the other end, Ghana got one chance in the 48th minute and used it to the maximum following some clumsy defending by the South Africans.

Linda Eshun headed in a loose ball from a corner kick which gave the West Africans the winning goal.

However much the South Africans tried to get back into the match, it was to no avail as Ghana held on to walk away with the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan who flew to Cameroon to support the ladies said Banyana Banyana had put up a gallant fight throughout the tournament but were unfortunate they could not finish their opponents off.

“They can move forward with lots of positives. The coach used a number of young players in the tournament and those players are among those that should form the backbone of the future,” said Dr Jordaan.

Here is how they lined up:

South Africa:
Andile Dlamini(GK); Lebogang Mabatle; Janine Van Wyk (c); Bambanani Mbane; Leandra Smeda; Nothando Vilakazi; Mamello Makhabane; Refiloe Jane; Silindile Ngubane; Jermanie Seoposenwe; Andisiwe Mcgoyi

Yolula Tsawe(GK) Astria Boks; Noko Matlou; Linda Motlhalo; Amogelang Motau; Nompumelelo Nyandeni; Thembi Kgatlana; Shiwe Nogwanya

Patricia Mantey (GK); Linda Eshun; Janet Egyir; Juliet Acheampong; Cynthia Adobia; Kusi Alice; Mary Essiful; Rosemary Ampem; Portia Boakye; Elizabeth Addo (C); Florence Dadson

Fafali Dumahisi (GK); Cynthia Adjei; Faiza Ibrahim; Priscilla Saahene; Safia Abdul Rahman; Samira Suleman; Grace Asare; Priscilla Okyere; Rosemary Ampem; Ama Nana Asantewaa; Antwi Regina

Match Officials

Referee: Jonesia Rukyaa Kabakama (Tanzania)
1st Assistant: Bielignin Elodie Sophie Some (Burkina Faso)
2nd Assistant: Adia Isseu Cisse (Senegal)
Match Commissioner: Ibrahima Barry (Guinea)