South Africa's Banyana Banyana WIN Women's Africa Cup of Nations Making History
South Africa's Banyana Banyana WIN Women's Africa Cup of Nations Making History. Photo: Twitter

South Africa’s women’s national football team – Banyana Banyana – have WON the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON 2022) for the first time ever! Banyana beat hosts Morocco 2-1 in front of a packed Rabat stadium in the historical final, with SA striker Hildah Magala scoring twice in eight minutes.

Under the guidance of award-winning coach Desiree Ellis, the Sasol-sponsored team have fought against the odds – including injury and Covid – to take the trophy and make their nation proud.

The South African Government has already congratulated the team, posting a tweet just after midnight saying: “Congratulations to @Banyana_Banyana for winning their first-ever #WAFCON2022 title. We are proud of you!! Halala!! #LiveTheImpossible”

One fan tweeted: “In a Country where everything is (a) mess, Banyana Banyana gave us something beautiful to be happy about as South Africans, Congratulations ladies❤️, Bafana Bafana will never that’s why we need to cut their salaries and give you more money you deserve it ✊?✊?✊?✊?#WAFCON2022”

UNICEF South Africa tweeted: “Congratulations to @Banyana_Banyana. ? #ForEveryChild, an inspiration. #WAFCON2022 #BanyanaBanyana #wafconfinal”

South Africa have been runners-up in the competition five times, including the last tournament in 2018, making tonight’s victory so much sweeter. For Morocco, it was their first final ever.

A last minute goal (in the 80th minute) from Morocco added tension to the finale, and nine minutes of added time. But fortunately SA emerged triumphant, winning the continent’s biggest women’s football tournament!

Both teams have qualified for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Semi-finalists Nigeria and Zambia have also qualified.