South Africa secured a 2-1 victory over Nigeria in their opening match in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Group C game on Monday night.
Two second half goals from Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia inspired Banyana Banyana to a win over the Super Falcons who netted a late consolation goal through Rasheedat Ajibade at Stade Moulay Hassan in Morocco.
After a goalless first half, the back of the net was finally rattled when South Africa’s European based striker Jermaine Seoposenwe calmly slotted home the opener on the hour mark after she was played through by Noxolo Cesane.
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Seoposenwe showed great composure in front of goal to give South Africa, who are still in search of their first ever WAFCON title, the lead.
South Africa increased the lead two minutes later when Hildah Magaia was beautifully played through by captain Refiloe Jane.
Magaia stayed onside and connected with a first time shot to make it 2-0.
Rasheedat Ajibade, who plays her football for Atletico Madrid in Spain, pulled one back for Nigerians in the second minute of stoppage time, but it was a little too late as South Africa held on for all three points.
Banyana Banyana kept Super Falcons’ dangerous striker Asisat Oshoala at bay throughout the game.