Banyana crowned the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup champions


Banyana Banyana have thrashed Nigeria 4-2 to win the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup at the Moboloji Johnson Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Both teams came into this encounter having won their opening games, with the hosts beating Mali 2-0, whereas South Africa hammered the Black Queens of Ghana 3-0.

The last time the two sides met was at the Africa Women’s Cup Of Nations final held in Ghana back in December 2018 where the Super Falcons edged Banyana 4-3 on penalties to clinch the continental title.

The home side set out to give their opponents little space in the opening stages of the game.

In the sixth minute, Desiree Ellis’ troops took a lead from Alozie Chidi’s own goal.

The midway stages of the first half proved largely to be eventful, with Banyana enjoying much of the ball possession.

However, there was drama as Ebi Onome was adjudged to have deliberately blocked the ball with her hand in the 18 area. Linda Motlhalo stepped up to take the penalty and made it 2-0 in the 17th minute of the showdown.

South Africa continued to be in the driving seat and piling up pressure on the Falcons as the half-time break approached.

In the last minutes of the first half, Gabriela Salgado found the back of the net as the showpiece went into the interval with Banyana leading 3-0.

Back out for the remaining 45 minutes, Nigeria weathered a spirited second half which led to an early goal by Vivian Ikechukwu.

Just seven minutes later, the hosts added to the scoreline when Ikechukwu scored her second goal of the day.

Nevertheless, Banyana were able to regain their composure and created another chance as Motlhalo was brought down in the box. Mamello Makhabane converted from the spot to extend the lead.

At the end of the day, it was South Africa who mesmerised Nigeria 4-2 to be crowned the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup champions.

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By Mauwane Raophala