Banyana Banyana, led by coach Desiree Ellis, defeated Morocco to win the first-ever Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) championship on Saturday, July 23, 2022, at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, making them the new kings of the continent.
Although it was a closely fought final, the SASOL-sponsored South African senior women’s national team overcame the intimidating atmosphere generated by the vociferous home crowd to prevail 2-1.
After a scoreless first half, Hildah Magaia gave Banyana Banyana the lead in the 63rd minute after hard-charging Jermaine Seoposenwe did well on the left. She finished expertly past Morocco goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi.
In the 71st minute, Magaia finished off her hat trick with a tap-in, with Seoposenwe once more serving as the primary creator.
Rosella Ayane scored a goal for Morocco in the 80th minute as they battled back, but it was too little, too late.
The South African senior women’s national team had endured years of heartache after placing second five times, but after the final buzzer, the pain vanished into the Moroccan skies.
Andile Dlamini won Goalkeeper of the Tournament honors at a ceremony staged on the field just before the trophy was officially handed over to the new champions, making it a fantastic night for Banyana Banyana.
As the women’s national team of the year, Banyana Banyana was also recognized, and SAFA president Dr. Danny Jordaan was present to accept the award from Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe.