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South Africa’s women team make history

A semi-final victory for South Africa at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations means Banyana Banyana will play at the World Cup finals for the first time.

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

They celebrated in fine voice with captain Janine Van Wyk tweeting, “We have done it. We made history.”

They will face Nigeria on Saturday in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

This means the Super Falcons will be defending their title – and will look forward to an eighth appearance at the World Cup.

They needed penalties to beat Cameroon after a goalless 120 minutes, while South Africa beat Mali 2-0.

Cameroon and Mali must now lift themselves for Friday’s third-place play-off that has a World Cup place on offer for the winners.

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