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