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Banyana qualifies for Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco

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This comes after the team booked their place at the CafĂ© Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) after a 1-1 draw with Algeria in the second leg of the final round of the qualifying round played in Algiers on Wednesday.

This meant that Banyana qualified for the continental tournament after winning 3-1 in aggregate after beating the Algerians 2-0 in the first leg.

But the return leg was not so easy for Banyana, with Algeria looking like a different team from last week’s game, as they were the first to score, leaving the visiting side chasing the game. But the Algerians ended the game with 10 players after Lydia Belkacemi was shown a red card late in the game.

It was a positive start for South Africa and created some good chances, most notably from Linda Motlhalo and Kholosa Biyana in the 15 and 21st minute, but Algerian shot stop Yamina N’gazi made some good saves.

in the 26e minute, the home side thought they would score via skipper Naima Bouhani, but the referee called for a foul after she kicked the ball out of the hand of Banyana keeper Andile Dlamini.

But just before half-time, Algeria gained some momentum and managed to find the back of the net via a header from Sylia Koui.

The goal brought a kind of confidence out of the Algerians’ dressing rooms, with the hosts now looking for the second goal, while Banyana was looking for the equaliser.

Just after 60. would the equalizer come for Banyanae minute by a free kick by Motlhalo, after Algerian defender Sofia Guellati had scored the ball inside the penalty area.

Algeria ended up trailing by one player after Belkacemi was sent off after being shown her second yellow card of the game.

The home side couldn’t do much to get back into the game and left Banyana to participate in the WAFCON to be held in Morocco in July.

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