CASABLANCA – Banyana Banyana were crowned the continent’s new champions after beating hosts Morocco 2-1 to claim their first Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title on Saturday.
It was a tough final, but in the end they overcame the intimidating home atmosphere with a brave and restrained performance to win the match.
After a scoreless first half, Hildah Magaia put Banyana Banyana ahead when she beat Moroccan goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi with a clean finish in the 63rd minute after the mighty Jermaine Seoposenwe worked well on the left.
Magaia was on the brace in the 71st minute with a hassle free finish, tossing the ball over the oncoming Er-Rmichi after the defender thwarted her attempt to clear a Karabo Dhlamini cross from outside.
However, Morocco fought back and ensured there would be a nervy finish for the crowds in the stands and South Africa as Rosella Ayane made it 2-1 in the 80th minute.
Banyana managed to claim the victory despite having nine extra minutes at the end of the match.
It ended a five-final winless streak for South Africa, who finished the tournament in Morocco with a 100% record.