Banyana Banyana Dance Their Way Toward Final Paris Olympic Hurdle Against Super Falcons

Banyana Banyana Dance Their Way Toward Final Paris Olympic Hurdle Against Super Falcons

Jarryd Westerdale
February 28, 2024 at 11:26 AM
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  • Banyana Banyana beat Tanzania to progress to the final round of Olympic qualifying
  • The team shared a special chant as they prepared for the second leg of their tie
  • They must next face Nigeria in a do-or-die encounter for a slot at Paris 2024

South Africa's ladies have the right moves on and off the pitch.

Banyana Banyana booked a date with the Super Falcons with a 4-0 aggregate win over Tanzania at Mbombela Stadium.

Africa is only granted two places in Paris 2024's 12-team women's football tournament and Banyana will need to summon more of their signing and dancing spirit to get over the final hurdle.

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Banyana Banyana celebrated before and after their Olympic qualifier with Tanzania in Nelspruit. Photo: @SasolLeague.
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South Africa arrived in Mpumalanga for the pressure-free encounter after earning a 3-0 win in Mbagala.

The star trio of Jermaine Seoposenwe, Thembi Kgatlana and Hilda Magaia bagged the three goals which gave coach Desiree Ellis room to breathe.

The atmosphere prior to the second leg was one without tension, as seen in the dressing room as the ladies chanted before kickoff.

Thembi Kgatlana put the ribbon on the second leg in the 58th minute and will find out in the coming days when they will need to travel to Nigeria for the first leg of the decider.

Desiree Ellis' team are aiming for their third Olympics. Zambia and Morocco are the two teams on the other end of the draw and they will playoff to see who else heads to Paris between July 26 to August 11.

The match was also a special moment for Jermaine Seoposenwe who earned her 100th cap. Speaking via, Ellis said:

“I am really excited for Jermaine, she has been a true servant for South African football. She is the 10th player in Banyana Banyana to get 100 caps and it is well deserved."

Seoposenwe brushes off online proposal

Sports Brief previously reported on Soeposenwe's cool handling of an online admirer.

The Banyana Banyana star shared her North American location with a fan wanting to marry her.

'Jay' moved to Mexico in 2023 and her goals and assists have propelled her club to third on the log.

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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.