Banyana Banyana maintained their unbeaten record to finish top of Group B and book a berth in the semi-finals of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations following their 1-1 draw with Zambia at the Accra Stadium on Saturday night.
South Africa came into the tie needing just a draw after they thumped Equatorial Guinea 7-1 on Wednesday, and they held off a resilient Zambian side to seal their seventh consecutive semi-final spot.
The Group B leaders wasted no time in breaking the deadlock as early as the ninth minute when the tournament’s top scorer Thembi Kgatlana unleashed a ferocious shot from outside the box which found the top corner of the goal giving the Zambian keeper no chance.
The pacey Banyana striker not only increased her tally to four goals, the highest in the tournament, but also picked up her third consecutive Women of the Match accolade in three matches.
Desiree Ellis’ charges will take on Mali, who saw off Algeria 3-2, for a spot in Saturday’s final.
The top three teams at the tournament will seal automatic qualification to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.