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    Falcons confirm superiority over Banyana Banyana
    By Jide Alaka
    November 5, 2010 05:58AM

    The much awaited match between the Falcons of Nigeria and the Banyana Banyana of South Africa ended 1-2 in favour of the five-time African Women Championship champions, Nigeria. The match lived up to the hype between Africa ’s number one team and the third ranked South African team, who have been improving all the time. The South Africans will have to look forward to another day and occasion to record a win against the Nigerians, but they at least scored a goal. Perpetua Nkwocha continued her scoring spree with two well taken goals in the 21st and 38th minutes of the first half, and even though Janine Van Wyk blasted a free kick past Precious Dede in goal for the Falcons in the 43rd minute, the Nigerian team held on to win 2-1 and record their second consecutive win in South Africa. Words had been bandied between both teams before the match, with the South Africans insisting they were ready to break the jinx of never having beaten the Falcons, but Coach Eucharia Uche had replied that it will not be in her time as manager of the team that the South African team will notch a needed victory over Nigeria. The 15,000 capacity Sinama Stadium was packed to the rafters with fans - mostly South Africans in their green and gold jerseys - being very vocal with the vuvezalas in vivid appearance. The supporters ’ club of Nigeria were also in evidence, even though in the minority, their trumpets and drums were heard intermittently when the vuvuzela- blowing fans took a break. Game of fast tempo The match started with the Falcons taking the pass and Coach Uche had made some changes to the team that started against Mali on Monday. Gloria Iroka came into the midfield to replace Okoronkwo Amarachi. Desire Oparanozie started on the right of the attack with Ebere Orji making a start on the left in a three pronged attack that also included Nkwocha. The two teams went for goals and the tempo was quite high in the first 25 minutes. Oparanozie tested the South African goalkeeper in the fourth minute and her weak effort had to be gathered twice. In the sixth minute, a cross from Oparanozie from the right just failed to find either Orji or Nkwocha in the box. The U-20 star, Oparanozie was a constant thorn in the defence of Banyana and forced the first corner kick of the match in the 10th minute. Banyana slowly grew in confidence and started pressurising the centre of Nigeria ’s defence of Osinachi Ohale and Ebi, who were a bit tentative in communication and dealing with lofted balls. This tentativeness almost resulted in a goal for Matlou in the 20th minute but her brave header clipped the cross bar and went out for a goal kick. In the 21st minute, a long ball from Ebi Onome was allowed to bounce and Orji laid on a nicely weighted pass for Nkwocha to latch on to and she finished in style for her fourth goal in two matches. Two minutes later, it should have been two when a great cross from the left by Orji was headed wide by Nkwocha with the goalkeeper stranded. Another chance followed in the 30th minute when Banyana were caught with a defective offside trap - a long ball from Ulunma Jerome at right back found right back, Helen Ukaonu, in space and with time, but she hurried her shot over the bar. In the 37th minute, Stella Mbachu drove for the bye line but her cross was cut off for a corner kick to Nigeria. From the resultant corner kick, Nkwocha placed a perfect header to make it five goals in two matches for the Nigerian striker, who scored nine goals in the last championship held in South Africa in 2006. Swift South African response There was a quick response from the South African women and what a goal it was. Osinachi was adjudged to have fouled No.7 and from the free kick, Van Wyk blasted a 20m shot over the wall into the right of Dede’s unguarded goal. 2-1 and it hope restored for the hosts. That was how the first half ended, with Banyana on the ascendancy. The second half was a game of chess with both teams cancelling each other out. All three changes were made on both sides and the midfield battle raged with Rita Chikwelu leading the charge for the Nigerians. Nigeria had chances to extend the lead through Francisca Ordega in the 49th minute but her left footed shot was weak and easily gathered. Also in the 64th and 68th minutes, Chukwunonye Josephine and Ordega were the guilty parties as they squandered gilt-edged chances. South Africa tried to muster opportunities but could not find enough skill and endeavour to break down the Falcons ’ defence. Attention will now shift to Sunday when the last group matches will be played simultaneously. South Africa have to beat Mali and hope that Tanzania do not shock the Nigerians, who need just one more point to emerge as group leaders. At the end of the match, the Banyana Banyana coach, Augustine Makalakalane, said, “My girls gave their all against a very skilful and experienced Nigerian side. This is a setback but I am proud of my girls and I have to say that the Falcons took their chances and we did not. â€
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