Banyana beat Malawi to seal Cosafa final berth

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Banyana Banyana have clinched their place in the Cosafa Women’s Championship final as they beat Malawi 6-2 in the second semifinal at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

The defending champions will face Botswana in the Championship final on Saturday.

Botswana booked a place in their first-ever Cosafa Women’s Championship final after they edged fancied Zambia 2-1 in the earlier semifinal.

Banyana seemed content to absorb the early pressure and their rear-guard seemed sufficiently composed to contain Malawi’s moves just ahead of the fringes of the penalty area.

Malawi’ adopted a far more direct approach upfront and they looked threatening but Banyana goalkeeper and captain Andile Dlamini averted pending danger with two noteworthy saves inside the first 15th minute of the match.

Scores were locked at 0-0 at the end of the first half with Malawi the dominant side as Banyana struggled to create meaningful goal-scoring opportunities despite Malawi being a player down as goalkeeper Samir Amidu was shown a red card for a wild lunge on Hildah Magaia just outside the box with the striker bearing down on goal.

Desiree Ellis’ charges came out guns blazing after the break, making their numerical supremacy count, scoring six goals in 30 minutes.

Magaia netted a hat-trick that showcased all her technical ability, while Nomvula Kgoale grabbed a brace and Sibulele Holweni got the other goal.

Holweni is now on seven goals, level at the top of the tournament’s scorers list with Tabitha Chawinga, who netted Malawi’s second goal, by then a consolation.

Her sister Temwa Chawinga had earlier levelled the game with a brilliant free kick that beat home goalkeeper Dlamini all ends up.

The final will be played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 15h00).

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By FARPost Reporter

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