Desiree Ellis coach of South Africa celebrates during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations semi final match between South Africa and Mali on the 27 November 2018 at Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana have sealed a place at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France after seeing off Mali 2-0 in the semi-finals of the Women’s African Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Stadium on Tuesday night.

Thembi Kgatlana led the South Africans into the halftime break with her fifth goal of the tournament before Lebohang Ramalepe all but secured a final place with a long range effort that caught the Malian goalkeeper off the line.

South Africa came into the match with an unbeaten record having won two matches and playing to a draw in the group stages.

Desiree Ellis’ ladies needed to beat the Malians to not only book their final spot but also to seal passage to their first ever World Cup.

Banyana Banyana, who are the only unbeaten team in the tournament, will face old foes Nigeria in the final on Saturday in what will be a repeat of the tournament opener where the defending champions were stunned 1-0 by the South Africans.