By Ben Efe
Nigeria’s Falcons will test their intent to regain the African Women Championship when they take on their Malian counterparts today in Sinaba, South Africa.
The five times African champions are bent on win the trophy they surrendered in 2008 in to Equatorial Guinea. But their outing today will paint a picture of their campaign to win the tournament and qualify for the World Cup next year in Germany.
However, Mali have promised to give the Falcons a run for their money when they clash. According the captain of the ‘Female Eagles’ a good result against Nigeria will do them a world of good.
“Every match is important for us. But I think that the first match against Nigeria will determine the rest. For the others against Tanzania or South Africa, we will fight hard to qualify for the second round,” said Diaty Ndiaye
In yesterday’s game hosts South Africa got off their campaign at the 7th CAF Women’s Championship on a winning note after beating Tanzania 2_1.
Striker Mamphasha Popela sent the stadium agog with the opener on 35 minutes to announce the hosts’ intent for the maximum points.
However, their joy was cut short eight minutes later, when attacking midfielder Esther Chabruma drew parity for the Twiga Stars to keep the first half even.
The Banyana Banyana resumed strongly but had to wait till four minutes from time to smile as midfielder Makhabane Mamello scored the winner from the spot.The goal brought the stadium back to live as the fans jubilated till after the final whistle.