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AWCON: 'Playing Nigeria is always like a final'

28 November 2016, 10:03

Yaoundé - Banyana Banyana midfielder Nompulelelo Nyandeni says playing Nigeria is always like playing a cup final.

South Africa and the Super Falcons of Nigeria face off in the semi-final of the 2016 Caf African Women’s Cup of Nations that will be played on Tuesday, 29 November at Stade Limbe Omnisport in Cameroon.

Kickoff is at 7pm (SA time 8pm).

Banyana booked their place in the last four with a 5-0 demolition job on Egypt, while Nigeria secured their spot following a 4-0 nil victory over Kenya.

The result ensured the Nigerians finished top of Group B, which meant a meeting with South Africa.

Long-serving Banyana midfielder Nyandeni is looking forward to the match.

“It is always a battle of the best when we face Nigeria. The rivalry between us started long before our days in the national team, and playing against the Super Falcons is always like a cup final, regardless of the stage of the tournament. In any case once you are in the last four you can’t pick and choose. Those teams did not get there by fluke, and to get to the top you have to go past them,” said Nyandeni.

“It is not going to be an easy game and I am confident we can walk away with victory. We have beaten them before and, to do that again, we will have to play as a team. It took us three matches to start scoring goals in this tournament, so our confidence levels are on a high after the win against Egypt.”

Also read: AWCON: Super Falcons thump Kenya 4-0, face SA in semi

Nyandeni adds that with the rivalry dating to years ago, they know what to expect.

“We have been watching their matches since the start of the tournament, and will now analyse them with the technical team. They are a very balanced side, just like us, and they are not impossible to beat. If we settle early in the match, and follow our game tactics, then I believe we stand a good chance of overcoming them,” added Nyandeni.

Hosts Cameroon will contest the other semifinal against Ghana.

The clash will take place at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé, also on Tuesday. Kickoff is at 4pm local time.

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