Nigeria’s Super Falcons battle South Africa’s Banyana Banyana – LIVE UPDATES

Super Falcons of Nigeria {Photo credit: Diamond Fountain Media}

The Super Falcons of Nigeria are set to battle the Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the second semi-final of this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON.

In the history of the AWCON tournament, this is the fourth time the Falcons will be facing South Africa in the semi-final.

The Nigerian ladies emerged victorious in three of the four previous semi final clashes and will hope for another win today.

Stay with us for live updates of the clash.

Kick off time is 7 p.m.

The starting line-ups of both teams are now out as we get set for the Nigeria Vs South Africa semi final clash.

Super Falcons Starters Vs Banyana Banyana: Alaba Jonathan, Faith Ikidi Michael, Ugo Njoku, Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale, Ngozi Okobi, Halimatu Ayinde, Rita Chikwelu (c), Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoala

Reserves: Ibubeleye Whyte, Rita Akarekor, Ebere Ngozi, Gladys Akpa, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Glory Iroka, Ijeoma Obi, Chioma Wogu, Uchechi Sunday, Esther Sunday

Banyana Banyana Starters Vs Super Falcons: Dlamini; Mabatle; Van Wyk(C); Mbane;Smeda; Vilakazi; Jane; Makhabane; Matlhalo ; Ngubane; Mcgoyi

Reserves: Tsawe, Boks, Matlou; Motau; Nyandeni; Matlhalo; Kgatlana; Nogwanya

Nigeria and South Africa anthem sang in the largely empty Cameroonian stadium

Both teams are in their traditional colours; Nigeria in all green while the South Africans are in yellow.

South Africa with the kickoff!!!

Nigeria gets the first throwing …

South Africa’s Mbane commits the first foul of the game, as the Falcons are gradually finding their feet…

The South Africans are surging forward and causing the Falcons’ defense headache

Oparanozie gets a warning from the referee as she placed the ball into the net after the whistle..

It’s being more of the South Africans in these early exchanges.. will they cause another upset like they did in 2012?

Ngozi Okobi tries a shot but goes just inches away from goal.

Chance… Nigeria come close to breaking the deadlock… Oparanozie and Okobi denied by the goalkeeper.

Free kick for South Africa….. Can they make the most of the chance?

A flick into the Nigeria box… But the Falcons avert danger as South Africa win another free kick.

Lucky!!! South Africa’s goal has been disallowed for offside.

Cameroonians at the stadium cheering the Bayana Bayana. They really want the Super Falcons to lose tonight #Beef.

Cameroon are already through to the final after beating Ghana 1-0 earlier in the day.

One minute extra time for the Nigeria vs South Africa tie… Still 0-0.

First Half over in Limbe. Nigeria 0-0 South Africa.

Teams are back and Falcons kick off the second half.

Goal !!!! Oparanozie puts Nigeria in front with a thunderous free kick.

First sub of the match by South Africa… Thembi in for Shingile.

Coach Florence Omagbemi shouting on instructions to the Falcons as they keep a slim one goal lead.

Chance!!! The South Africans could not bury the fine opportunity for an equaliser as goalkeeper Alaba Johnson picks up the ball.

Nigeria and South Africa have played seven times in the history of the AWCON…Nigeria with six wins while the South Africans have a solitary win from these past meetings.

Handball by Nigeria and free kick for the South Africans.

Nigeria temporarily playing with 10 players as Ohale Osinachi is been attended to by medics on the sidelines.

South Africa get a free kick inside their box after goal scorer oparanozie is found guilty of a hard tackle…

A couple of South African players warming up in the sidelines… Can any of them salvage the day for Bayana Bayana.

Asisat Oshoala with six goals to her name have been kept in check so far in this game.

South Africa make another change as Shiwe comes in for Motalo.

Yellow card to Njoku for time wasting!

First sub for Nigeria. Francesca Ordega off for Wogu Success.

Njoku almost with a own goal but goalkeeper Alaba stops the ball.

Oshoala brought down but referee denies penalty call.

Three minutes added time… Can Nigeria hold on to this slim lead?

Chance for Oshoala to kill off the game but she has lost the ball to the South Africans.

Final whistle. Nigeria qualify for 10th AWCON tournament final.

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