Banyana Banyana of South Africa defeated champions Super Falcons of Nigeria 2-1 in the first game in Group C, at the 2023 WAFCON in Morocco, Completesports.com reports.
It is a repeat of the 2018 edition where Banyana Banyana also pipped the Falcons 1-0 in their opener.
It is now back-to-back wins for South Africa against the Falcons after they triumphed 4-2 in the Aishat Buhari Cup in 2021.
After a goalless first half South Africa netted two quick goals through Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia.
The Falcons pulled a goal back late in the game off Rasheedat Ajibade which was only a consolation goal.
The Falcons will be back in action again on Thursday when they will take on Botswana while South Africa will tackle Burundi.
South Africa bossed the first five minutes of the game but the Falcons defence held firm.
In the eight minute the Falcons had a scare as Asisat Oshoala went down and needed treatment following a tough challenge.
Few minutes later South Africa broke forward with Tochukwu Oluehi out of her area but Ashleigh Plumptre got there and cleared for a corner.
On 23 minutes Michelle Alozie tried to play Oshoala through on goal but her effort was blocked.
Few minutes later Oshoala had a chance to open the scoring after controlling a long pass with her chest but fell over with the keeper coming out to claim the ball.
In the 37th minute Alozie found herself in a good space on the right beat her marker but her attempted leftfoot curler went across goal.
Nine minutes a long cross found Ifeoma Onumonu but her header was weak to trouble the South African keeper.
In the 60th minute South Africa broke the deadlock through Jermaine Seoposenwe who collected a pass on the edge of the box before slotting past Tochukwu Oluehi.
Just two minutes later Hildah Magaia doubled South Africa’s lead as she ran on to a through pass and fired past Oluehi.
Minutes later another break from South Africa freed Kgatlana but Oluehi came off her area and fouled her.
The Falcons pushed forward to salvage something out of the game but the South Africans were able to wade off their threats.
And in the 91st minute Ajibade pulled a goal back for Nigeria off an assist from Onome Ebi but it was only a consolation goal as South Africa held on to claim the win.
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By James Agberebi