South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, on Saturday, defeated Morocco to win the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

The team defeated Morocco 2-1 to lift the trophy.

Hilda Magaia proved Banyana Banyana’s hero, scoring two quick goals midway through the second half to finally guide South Africa over the line.

Although Rosella Ayane pulled a goal back for the Atlas Lionesses ten minutes from time, it was too little too late for a team making its first appearance in the final.

The win helped them to their first title success in the tournament’s history.

South Africa had lost their four previous finals in 2000, 2008, 2012, and 2018.

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“It was a humbling experience, and an emotional one, when you look at the journey that we have travelled as Banyana Banyana.

“To finally get to this point meant a lot for everyone. When the final whistle went out, I was crying. It was the most humbling and emotional experience.

“I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much after a football match – that goes to show our journey, everything that we had to go through and things have finally come together,” the Banyana Banyana captain, Refiloe Jane, said.

The Star



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