Ghana holds Banyana Banyana to 1-1 draw

16 Oct 2014 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) - South Africa’s Banyana Banyana drew 1-1 with Ghana in their TN Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship encounter at the Independence Stadium on Wednesday.
The match marked South Africa’s second game in Group B of the ninth CAF Women’s Championship underway in the capital.
Banyana Banyana came into the game off a 1-0 loss to Cameroon on Sunday when they conceded in the last minutes of the game.
Just before half-time, Ghana had the first real chance as Portia Boakye reeled off a powerful strike from just outside the box, but a Banyana defender blocked the shot.
Banyana took the lead in the 19th minute.
Mamello Makhabane sent a free-kick into the box, and Octavia Ngwenya pounced as the Ghana goalkeeper fumbled the ball and the South African bundled the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, South Africa’s Portia Modise almost doubled the lead, but her effort went wide.
Ghana equalised in first-half injury time through Elizabeth Cudjoe, leaving the score-line 1-1 at half-time.
The tempo picked up in the second half as both teams went in search of the winner.
Cudjoe’s efforts, however, went to waste in the 64th minute as her teammates failed to connect with the ball and fluffed their chance.
South Africa and Ghana are now in danger of being eliminated from the competition.
The result sees both teams at the bottom of Group B with one point each, while Cameroon leads the log on six points, with Algeria in second place on three points.
Saturday's final Group B matches will see South Africa take on Algeria, and Ghana facing Cameroon.
South Africa and Ghana both know only a win will do if they are to have any chance of advancing to the semi-finals.