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Goalkeeper Banyana Dlamini praises ‘unbreakable’ teamwork: ‘It was not an easy game’

19 Jul 2022 | 17:20 | Football

Andile Dlamini (Gallo Images)

Andile Dlamini (Gallo Images)

  • Banyana Banyana has booked her spot in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations final after a 1-0 win over Zambia.
  • South Africa remains unbeaten at the tournament after five matches and will face host nation Morocco in the final.
  • This will be Banyana’s sixth final at the Women’s Afcon.

Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini applauded her team’s spirit to overcome an unlucky Zambia and ensure they progress to the 2022 African Women’s Cup final.

Linda Motlhalo hit a penalty in the last minute of injury time against Copper Queens, giving Banyana a 1-0 win and their sixth final at the prestigious tournament.

“It was not an easy match. We needed each other more than anything,” Dlamini told Banyana’s media department.

“This league is a different league. Everyone is growing, every player is developing, every country is developing and so are we.

“In the last dying moments of the game, everything stopped, and the referee had to check the VAR, and at some point, I didn’t understand why she went there – I thought maybe we did. do something in the box.”

Jermaine Seoposnwe was knocked down on the touchline, and Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe was advised by the VAR (video assistant referee) to watch through the side screens.

After thoroughly examining the incident, she awarded the penalty to South Africa.

“I continued to encourage and pray to God. I knew He loved us all on the pitch, but I asked for a favor. And we scored the goal,” said Dlamini.

“All of my teammates have worked really hard, and I’m proud of each and every one of them. We’re incredibly happy to have made it to the final, God is always great and I believe every single one of them. players in this team want to win.

“They’re motivated, and there’s something about this team that’s unbreakable. I know everyone wants to win for change in South Africa.

“They want to do this because of the positive vibes in South Africa. You know, when you walk on the pitch, nobody wants to lose a game. We want to do this for all the young people who are suffering from depression. this. There’s a relief. There’s violence.”

South Africa remained unbeaten in the tournament, they won all their matches against Nigeria (2-1), Burundi (3-1), Botswana (1-0), Tunisia (1-0) and Copper Queens.

Saturday’s final will begin at 22:00 (SA time).