In a remarkable display of skill, determination, and historic achievement, Banyana Banyana secured their spot in the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations winners emerged victorious in the crucial qualifying match – Banyana Banyana vs Burkina Faso – triumphing 2-0 and etching their name in the annals of African football history.
Banyana Banyana vs Burkina Faso: Janine van Wyk sets record as most capped African player
A pivotal moment in the Banyana Banyana vs Burkina Faso game unfolded as Janine van Wyk, the esteemed captain of the South African women's national team, made history by becoming the most capped African player across both men's and women's football.
Surpassing the legendary Ahmed Hassan of Egypt, Van Wyk's accomplishment is a testament to her enduring commitment and unparalleled contributions to the sport.
The Last Dance 💚💛
Janine van Wyk makes history as she becomes the most capped African player (men and women). She surpasses Ahmed Hassan (Egypt).
Congratulations Janine. 👏 pic.twitter.com/SHv1ZCZBXj
— Banyana_Banyana (@Banyana_Banyana) December 4, 2023
The Banyana Banyana vs Burkina Faso qualifying match witnessed a fitting conclusion to Van Wyk's illustrious on-field career.
In a symbolic move, she officially closed this chapter by gracing the pitch for a poignant 7 minutes.
Her legacy as the highest-capped African player now stands as an inspiration for aspiring footballers and a source of immense pride for South Africa.
Banyana Banyana vs Burkina Faso: As it happened
The journey to qualification was marked by a stellar team performance, with Banyana Banyana showcasing their prowess and unity.
The decisive moment arrived in the 55th minute when Linda Motlhalo converted from the spot, propelling Banyana Banyana into the lead.
The team's resilience and determination were further highlighted as Nicole Michael found the net in the 86th minute, sealing the victory with a 2-0 scoreline.
As Banyana Banyana celebrates this momentous achievement, attention turns to the upcoming Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The team's qualification not only signifies their competitive prowess but also underscores their commitment to elevating women's football on the continental stage.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago