Banyana get the second chance to avenge their defeat by Equatorial Guinea

The semi-finalists for the 2010 AWC, South Africa 2010 have now emerged and it is the same set of countries that made it through at the last edition in Equatorial Guinea.
Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa and Nigeria played at the semi-final stage of Equatorial Guinea 2008 and as it is, those four teams have also beat off competition from others to breeze into the last 4 of this year’s edition.
The only difference now is that the fixtures are not the same as last time and that means we cannot have the two teams that played to the final in 2008 repeat the same feat.
Nigeria will have their hands full when they play in the first semi-final against Cameroon while the host South Africa must contend with the defending champions Equatorial Guinea for a place in the final.
Nigeria and Cameroon are no strangers to themselves and it must be stressed that the two teams in fact played themselves twice in the 2004 edition hosted by the same South Africa.
At the group stage, the Lioness showed a lot of guts storming back from 0-2 down to draw 2-2 against Nigeria but the Cameroun team then further surprised  many by displaying their naivety on the big stage, going down 5-0 to the same Falcons on the final day.
A repeat performance was to follow in 2006 and this time it was in the semi-finals and the red hot Nigerian ladies dished out another 5-0 spanking to the Cameroon team.
Cameroon and Nigeria seem a sure bet in every tournament and the 2008 edition was no exception. This time, both sides met in the losers final and Cameroon should have won this time, though the more experienced but out of form Nigerian side still ran away 4-3 winners on penalty after full time had ended 1-1 apiece.
The results between both nations become very embarrassing if the 6-0 drubbing in the semis of the inaugural edition in 1998 and the 3-0 spanking in the group stage of the 2000 edition is to be taken into consideration. The Cameroon team since the inception of the Africa women championship can only boast of a solitary point against Nigeria but this particular occasion, it’s certain that it will be wits for wits
Both sides are yet to lose a game so far in this competition and according to the Cameroonian coach, their ambition is to qualify for the World Cup next year.
“I won’t lose a game here. I am playing to the final and lifting the cup. Our aim is to qualify for the world cup in Germany and to do that, we must play to the final and in the process, we will not lose a single game”, he boasted.
The second semi-final is between South Africa and defending champions, Equatorial Guinea.
This is another grudge match in the waiting as both sides met in the final of the last edition with Equatorial Guinea running away with a 2-1 victory to become the first team to dethrone the Falcons as African champions.
The reverse is the case now and South Africa should also be counting on home support to overwhelm the Equatorial Guinea team but nothing should be taken away from the defending champions.
They have also not lost a game so far in the competition and having survived and finished tops in a group that had the likes of Cameroon and Ghana, then they better not be under estimated.
The South Africans are having their best run in women football history, finishing as finalists 2 years ago, playing at the FIFA women U-17 world cup this year and now a birth in the semi-final of the AWC.
The results of the semis will surely be a difficult one to predict, at least now that octopus is no more.-Cafonline.com
 

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