WAFCON 2022: Banyana Banyana edge Tunisia to complete semifinals menu

Jermaine Seoposenwe’s early strike was all that South Africa required to edge sprinted Tunisia in a 1-0 victory in Rabat on Thursday evening.

The narrow victory in the quarterfinals of the 2022 WAFCON meant South Africa had become the fourth side to qualify for the Women’s World Cup that is set to happen in Australia and New Zealand.

The other three sides to make it are Zambia, Nigeria and Morocco.

This will be Banyana Banyana’s second successive qualification to the global tournament. Their maiden appearance was in 2019 as they played in France.

Jermaine Seoposenwe celebrating her goal | CAF Photo

Banyana Banyana will feel lucky to take all three points after nearly losing it in the last minutes of the game.

Tunisia handed the 2018 finalists several scares more so in the second stanza of the game but South Africa stood tall and endured to go beyond the line.

The moment of joy came in the 14th minute, Seoposenwe’s pace was too much for Tunisia to handle before she kept her nerve to slot the ball past Tunisia custodian, Jabrani Soulaima.

South Africa continued to look dangerous as the front line of Seoposenwe and Nxolo Cesane kept Tunisia on the back front.

But again it can’t go unnoticed that South Africa continues to be wasteful in front of the goal amidst the several chances created.

Mapula Kgoale and Seoposenwe | CAF Photo

Tunisia was denied a penalty in stoppage time which if given room to change the score and morale either way.

The victory against Tunisia sets a semifinal showpiece against Zambia while Nigeria meet hosts, Morocco in the second tie.

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