Banyana Banyana clawed their way to a 3-1 win
over Burundi in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations encounter on Thursday at the
Moulay Hassan Stadium in Morocco.
The victory ensured Desiree Ellis’ charges
advanced to the quarter-finals of the prestigious competition.
After kick-starting their tournament with a
2-1 victory against mighty Nigeria on Monday, Banyana wanted to secure their
ticket to the knockouts against lowly-ranked Burundi.
However, Burundi showed they would not be
pushovers and put up a real fight as Banyana dealt with complacency.
Banyana registered 28 shots with 16 on
target; however, they only scored three in the end.
Thembi Kgatlana scored for South Africa at
the 20th-minute mark after Burundi’s defence did all they could to shut up
But 10 minutes after taking the lead, Burundi
made a rare attack and netted an equaliser through Aniella Uwimana from close
Burundi’s euphoria of equalising did not
last long as Amogelang Masego Motau gave Banyana the lead two minutes later
with a superb strike.
Substitute Linda Motlhalo netted from the
penalty spot to solidify the 3-1 win.
South Africa will play their final Group C fixture on Sunday against Botswana.
Kick-off will be at 22:00 (SA time).