Hildah Magaia Smashes 30 Yard Bullet for Banyana Banyana Against Burkina Faso

Hildah Magaia Smashes 30 Yard Bullet for Banyana Banyana Against Burkina Faso

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 1, 2023 at 11:39 AM
  • Hildah Magaia scored one for the scrapbooks in South Africa's Women's AFCON qualifier
  • Banyana Banyana were up against Burkina Faso for the first leg of their elimination tie
  • Janine van Wyk made her 184th cap to equal the all-time caps record for an African

Some goals get better each time you watch them. Hildah Magaia has several highlights in her locker and her latest strike against Burkina Faso will be right up there.

The goal will take on added significance as it gives South Africa the slightest advantage going into the decider to be played on December 4.

Banyana Banyana, South Africa, Hildah Magaia, WAFCON.
Hildah Magaia (L) scored a screamer for Banyana Banyana against Burkina Faso in their 2024 Women's AFCON qualifier. Photo: @BanyanaBanyana.
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South Africa were paired with the West Africans in the final leg of qualifying for the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Morocco.

Sporting a new set of braids, the ball broke to Magaia in the 58th minute after some neat footwork by Thembi Kgatlana, who only had one thing in mind.

'Breadwinner', as Magaia has become known, lined up her left foot and drove her laces through the ball, sending it into the goalkeeper's top left corner.

South Africa plugged away for a second, but could not break the hosts down, who instead replied with a goal of their own in the 68th minute to draw the game 1-1, as noted by SAFA.net.

The match doubled as a special moment for Janine van Wyk, who earned her 184th cap to equal the African appearances record.

She is already the most capped African woman of all time but went level with Egypt's Ahmed Hassan with her start against Burkina Faso.

If Desiree Ellis gives Van Wyk another chance on Monday, she will have moved past Hassan and will claim the continental record as her own.

The second leg will be played on Monday, December 4 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium and will be live on SABC Sport.

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Janine van Wyk almost denied history

Sports Brief also previously reported on Janine van Wyk's final shot at destiny.

Van Wyk made her national team debut for South Africa in 2005 against Nigeria.

She announced her retirement, with the Olympic qualifiers to be her swansong.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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