However, the South Africans managed to secure their spot in the Café Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) after a 1-1 draw with Algeria, winning the tie 3-1, having won the first leg 2 – 0.
As in the first leg, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis was not happy with her team’s poor performance for the goals during the return leg with Algeria in Algiers last Wednesday.
The Fennecs were the first to score on the stroke of half-time, but Banyana equalized from a penalty, which was taken by Linda Motlhalo just after half an hour. This was after Algerian defender Lydia Belkacemi played the ball into the penalty area.
“Our finishing was bad, we could have been 4-0 or 3-0 before they scored. Also defending with goal… we could have done better, the left winger didn’t come back. But this team has a lot of courage, they know, they’ve been in this position before.
“We just had to keep playing. We felt they posed no threat, except for the long balls and the set pieces they got. We urged the players not to give free kicks in the area (close to the penalty area) ) and they did very well,” Ellis said after the game.
“We knew we would get another chance (to score). And once the penalty was in, we took control of the game and played our game. In the end, Algeria was just hunting because they had to hunt. It wasn’t a great goal to give away, but they never gave up. They fought for the better ending.”
Banyana joins hosts Morocco, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zambia, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Togo, Senegal, Botswana and Uganda as the final 12 teams to compete for continental silverware.
The tournament will be played in Morocco in July and will feature 12 countries for the first time.