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Banyana Excel In Nigeria And Returned With A Trophy.

It showed how much the national women's soccer team, Banyana Banyana, had thrashed Nigeria 4-2 in the Aisha Buhari Cup match at the Mobolaji Johnson Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday night.

Both teams had won their first games of the tournament. Nigeria thrashed Mali 2-0, Banyana beat Ghana 3-0.

At half-time the South African team led 3-0, the first of which was a spear stabbed at home by Chidi Alozie's foot, the other by Linda Motlhalo (penalty) and Gabriela Salgado.

Nigeria, who used to be a heavy burden on South Africa, came back early in the second half with goals from Vivian Ikechukwu. Mamello Makhabane drove the final nail in the coffin towards the end of the match, winning thus Banyana.

The first goal came in the fifth minute, Hildah Magaia found the ball unmarked on the left, curled it into the box, and blocked Nigeria midfielder Alozie, who was trying to drain water from the house.

Continuing to dominate the game Banyana, Thembi Kgatlana attacked on both sides. Getting a penalty in the 18th minute, Ebi Onome held the ball in his hand, and Motlhalo put it inside without seeing the goalkeeper.

The Super Falcons thought they were finding a way back into the game when Desire Oparanozie smashed the net after snatching Janine van Wyk's ball from the box, but the handkerchief was still high, the goal was not counted.

Desiree Ellis's men came close to scoring the third in the 33rd minute, Van Wyk hoisted it into the box, Refiloe Jane tried to put it in the middle with a header, Nigerian goalkeeper Cynthia Nnadozie flung it over the bar.

In the 44th minute, Kgatlana knocked down Esther Ogbonna with a left turn, her ball hit the post, Salgado appeared unmarked and smashed it into the net.

The home side made changes before the start of the second half and quickly scored in the 46th minute, which was built and blocked by players coming off the bench.

Gift Monday curled the ball to the left, Banyana goalkeeper Kaylin Swart failed to block it, and Ikechukwu put it in the net on the right.

Ikechukwu once again restored hope to the Super Falcons with a second goal in the 53rd minute. He got the ball in his stomach and pushed it forward before pulling the long rope that Swart had heard about.

As Nigeria came in, Swart worked in the 61st minute to clear Glory Ogbonna's shot, which had been stolen from Kgatlana's right foot.

The home side's hopes were dashed in the 86th minute when Banyana scored their fourth goal. Makhabane netted a penalty after Motlhalo was dropped on Monday in the box.

The result means that Banyana is the winner of the tournament which was held on behalf of the wife of the president of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari. The aim is to combat the scourge of violence against women


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