Banyana drawn against hosts, Equatoria Guinea in the AWC

THE South African senior women’s national team, Banyana Banyana has been drawn against hosts Equatorial Guinea in the 8th edition of the African Women’s Championships set to take place in Equatorial Guinea from October 28 – November 11.

The draw was released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) today.
South Africa is in Group A along with Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and DR Congo. Group B consists of Nigeria, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

Banyana will open their campaign against Equatorial Guinea on October 28 at the Nouveau Stadium in Malabo, Kickoff is 2.30pm.

The second match will see South Africa take on Senegal three days later (October 31) at the Nkoantoma Stadium in Bata, also kicking off at the same time.

The final group stage fixture against DR Congo will take place at the Nkoantoma Stadium on November 3.

The top four countries will contest the semi-finals on Wednesday, 07 November. The first one will be played at the Nouveau Stadium at 2.30pm with the second taking place at the Nkoantoma Stadium two hours later.

The final will be played on November 11 5.30pm, but will be preceded by a third-place play-off which kicks off at 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, Banyana is back in the country following their pre-Olympic preparation tour of Germany and England.

Banyana is now based at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria to conclude the preparations ahead of their departure for London on Thursday.
The Olympic Games kick off July 25 and runs through to August 9.

Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana squad is happy with the way things have gone abroad, despite the 3-1 loss to Great Britain. South Africa defeated German club Bayer 04 Leverkusen by the same score line in a practice match.
Before their departure for London, Banyana Banyana, as part of Team SA, will be hosted to a dinner by Sascoc tomorrow.

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