• Africa Women Championships: Nigeria beat South Africa

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Nov 05, 2010-

For the first time since the beginning of the Africa Women tournament, the stadium in South Africa was filled to capacity on Thursday when the hosts took on favourites Nigeria.

The match was however a let down from the start as both sides came out rather cautiously. The two teams sized each other up for the greater part of the opening minutes and in the 22nd minute, Perpetua Nkwocha who had been heavily marked all day caught the South African defense off guard.

Mbachu Stella was always on hand to cause anxious moments on the counter and in the 38th minute, she won a corner kick that was well measured by Jerome Ulunma and perfectly turned in with the head by Nkwocha with an opening day hat-trick, for her 2nd goal of the day.

The goal sent the Nigerian fans into delirium but it was however not for long as South Africa powered back through a thunderous free-kick by Van Wyk right on the dot of time to make it 2-1.

Mali 3 Tanzania 2

It was all goal keeping blunders galore in the second match of group A witnessed by a lesser turn out of fans largely due to the change in weather witnessed prior and during the game. The heavens opened and the rains poured in torrents.

Tanzanian goal keeper, Jawadu Omary did little to stop the Malians from going 1-0 up in the 25th minute as what would be a contestant for the goal of the tournament was scored by Konate Aicha through a direct free-kick.

If the goal scored by Mali was superb, then the one to follow by Tanzania was sublime. The responsibility to take a 30th minute free-kick from the centre circle fell to team captain, Mwasikili Edward and she left everyone in the stadium stunned with an unstoppable drive which sailed straight into the net. 

Diarra Fatoumata tapped in at close range just a minute after Tanzania had returned to the game before Swalehe Mustapha leveled the scores for the East African nation, four goals scored within 10 minutes.

Mali scored the winner in the 67th minute through Malian captain, N'diaye Diaty.

Mali are back in contention and must beat against South Africa in the last match of the group while Tanzania must now play for pride against Nigeria, both coming simultaneously on Sunday.

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