Thousands Expected for African Champions Banyana Banyana's Triumphant Homecoming at OR Tambo on Tuesday

Thousands Expected for African Champions Banyana Banyana's Triumphant Homecoming at OR Tambo on Tuesday

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:07 PM
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  • A heroines' welcome is expected for 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations winners South Africa at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning
  • Banyana Banyana became African champions for the very first time after defeating hosts Morocco 2-1 on Saturday night
  • It has now become customary for thousands of South Africans to wait at the international arrivals section of the airport for triumphant individuals and teams, with Banyana no different

Several thousands of supporters are expected to welcome new African champions Banyana Banyana at the OR Tambo Airport on Tuesday morning.

South Africa defeated hosts Morocco 2-1 in the final of the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations final on Saturday night, courtesy of two quick-fire Hildah Magaia at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.

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Banyana Banyana will be welcomed by thousands of jubilant supporters at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday morning. Image source: @Banyana_Banyana & Footy-GHANA.
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The result ensured that Banyana Banyana won the final of the competition for the first time after failing in five previous attempts.

According to iDiskiTimes, the team will touch down around 9.30 am after their flight from North Africa.

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Speaking on the victory, Sport24 quoted coach Desiree Ellis saying:

"They showed that they wanted to win, they showed true Kasi flavour, the South African spirit, and the togetherness."

Besides the thousands of people there to celebrate the occasion with them, players from the team can also expect thousands of rands each as a reward for their historic achievement. They will each receive R400 000 from a R9.2 million bonus that was promised to them by the South African Football Association last month.

Morocco captain Chebbak named best player at WAFCON as South Africa's Dlamini wins best goalie award

Morocco's Ghizlane Chebbak has been crowned Player of the Tournament at the just-ended Women's Africa Cup of Nations, while South Africa's Andile Dlamini walked home with the best goalkeeper award.

As reported by Sports Brief, South Africa beat the Atlas Lionesses to win their first-ever Women's Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday in Morocco.

After the game, Chebbak and Dlamini were handed their awards following their impressive displays at the tournament.

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