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Awcon 2018: South Africa 2-0 Mali: Banyana Banyana sets final date with Nigeria


Banyana Banyana will face Super Falcons in the final on Saturday after sending Les Aiglonnes to Cape Coast on Tuesday

A goal in every half was enough to lead South Africa to a 2-0 semi-final victory over Mali as part of the current run of the Ghanaian Nations Cup of Ghana on Tuesday.

The Houston Dash striker Thembi Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe have emerged heroines for Banyana Banyana on the Cape Coast stadium, while their strikes have set a final date with Nigeria eighth hour champions Saturday.

The result also secured Desiree Ellis' equipment, a qualification ticket for the Fifa Women's World Cup in France in 2019.

South African coach Desiree Ellis made a move to the side that set for a 1-1 draw with Zambia in their last game group, restoring Jermaine Seoposenwe to XI for Busiswe Ndimeni.

Mali's coach, Mohamed Saloum Houssein, on the other hand, has introduced three new factions in his original XI ranking. Binta Diarra, Yakare Niakate and Djenaba Baradji took Lala Dicko, Aminata Doucoure and Agueissa Diarra for the last four matches.

Banyana Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk released the first goal attempt with a third free kick before Nothando Vilakazi cut another piece over the bar after a few moments.

In 31 minutes, South Africa registered the opening goal by none other than the best marker of the tournament Thembi Kgatlana, who took it to five.

After Rafeloe Jane mistakenly raised a lofted ball, the American attacker slipped onto Salimata Diarra's salvage salvo and released a close shot that bobbled in the lower left corner of the net.

Mali's closest goal in the first half came when he stopped, when Diarra's shot broadened, shortly after Bassira Toure's thick was eliminated when South African goalkeeper Kaylin Swart hit with free kick.

There were chances even less limited for each party after the niche.

In the 75th minute, Linda Motlhaho, shot outside the box, was the first real test for the Mali goalkeeper, Adoudou Konate.

Then there was a gap in nothing for South Africa when Ramalepe caught Konate by surprise with lightning outside the box.

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Mali tried to make a late fight, but Banyana Banyana kept firm for a famous victory.

Les Aiglonnes will face Cameroon, who lost 4-2 with penalties for Nigeria in the first semifinals, third place in the playoffs on Friday.

The tournament penultimate tournament winner will also join the two finalists for the Fifa Feminine World Cup in 2019.

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