What next for Banyana after World Cup loss? Banyana Banyana fixtures – Full list

What next for Banyana after World Cup loss? Banyana Banyana fixtures – Full list
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South Africa have been knocked out of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup by The Netherlands but their 2023 has not come to an end as fans can look forward to more Banyana Banyana fixtures.

The defending Womenโ€™s AFCON champions were making their second appearance at the finals of the womenโ€™s global showpiece and they braved all odds to make it to the knockouts. They were unlikely to make it past the Netherlands but it was a run that many will remember.

Now, the fans can look forward to other Banyana Banyana fixtures which will be covered in this article.

Banyana Banyana Fixtures list: 2024 WAFCON qualifiers takes centre stage

The Banyana Banyana fixtures lineup for 2023 included a possible run to the final of the FIFA Womenโ€™s World Cup. That would have seen the South Africa womenโ€™s national football team remain in Australia/New Zealand until Sunday 20 August 2023.

Those games are not going to happen for Banyana Banyana.

Qualifiers for the 2024 Womenโ€™s Africa Cup of Nations are lined up for Thembi Kgatlana and her teammates for the rest of the year.

Because of their status as defending Womenโ€™s AFCON champions, Banyana Banyana manager Desiree Ellis, as well as her coaching staff, cut her own break short.

She is focusing on getting the team ready for the qualifiers in order to be in Morocco come 2024 for their first African title defence.

After their remarkable performance in the Women's World Cup, Banyana Banyana faced a series of challenging encounters.

They engaged in two friendly matches against the United States, but unfortunately, came up short in both games, with scores of 3-0 and 2-0 in the U.S.'s favor.

However, Banyana Banyana's spirit remained undaunted as they entered the COSAFA Women's Cup group stage in October.

Their journey started with a thrilling but narrow 4-3 loss to Malawi. Determined to bounce back, they secured a 3-1 victory against Madagascar and a convincing 3-0 win over Eswatini in subsequent matches.

Later in the month, on the 25th, they faced DR Congo in the first leg of the second round of the CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament and battled to a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Below is the Banyana Banayan results list of 2023 so far.

Result Classification
USWNT 3-0 South Africa International Friendlies
USWNT 2-0 South Africa International Friendlies
South Africa 3-4 Malawi COSAFA Women's Cup group
South Africa 3-1 Madagascar COSAFA Women's Cup group
South Africa 3-0 Eswatini COSAFA Women's Cup group
DR Congo 1-1 South Africa 2024 Summer Olympics qualifiers second round

As the anticipation builds, Banyana Banyana is all set to host DR Congo on the 30th in the return leg, with their eyes firmly fixed on Olympic qualification.

Below is the Banyana Banayan fixtures list for the rest of 2023.

Date Opponent Classification
October 31 DR Congo 2024 Summer Olympics qualifiers second round
November 27 TBD 2024 Womenโ€™s AFCON qualifiers second round
December 5 TBD 2024 Womenโ€™s AFCON qualifiers second round

How South Africa were eliminated from the 2023 FIFA Womenโ€™s World Cup

Desiree Ellis and her team will be leaving Sydney, Australia for what will no doubt be a heroineโ€™s welcome in South Africa. Still, they will be sad that their fans did not get to witness more World Cup action in the Banyana Banyana fixtures.

The Netherlands, their round of 16 opponents, beat them convincingly by two goals to nothing in the game which was played at the Allianz Stadium.

The Dutch went ahead in the ninth minute after forcing a defensive error, leaving Jill Roord to head home unmarked at the back post.

South Africa huffed and puffed with captain Kgatlana providing most of Banyana Banyana's attacking threat. However, it was the Dutch who had clearer opportunities and former Barcelona attacker Lieke Martens even had a goal ruled out for offside.

She turned provider in the 68th minute when her through ball found Lineth Beerensteyn who shot first time at Kaylin Swart in the South Africa goal. The Banyana Banyana goalkeeper spilt the shot after catching it and it rolled into the back of her net to send the Dutch two-nil up.

It was an unfortunate end to an excellent tournament for Banyana Banyana, whose fans will now look forward to other Banyana Banyana fixtures.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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