Bayana Bayana has held the Lionesses to a 1-1 tie during a friendly encounter that counts as preparation for the African Women Championship.
The 8th final of the African Women Championship kicks off on October 28 in Equatorial Guinea.
Cameroon and South Africa during the game show that both teams ready for the tournament.
Cameroon Iven Mihamle opened scores at the 25 minutes as she hit the ball pass Bayana goalkeeper who collided with the striker in her attempt to stop the ball.
The first half showed the lionesses standing up to Bayana, blocking them from their danger zone.
The second half was more balance with the two teams struggling to outdo each other.
The players of Coach Enow Ngatchu dominated the encounter with a good defense which slacked in extra time for the South African to equalize.
Appreciating the game, Bayana Caoch, Joseph Mkhonza said, “This was the preparation match for the tournament, we chose Cameroon, because we know Cameroon is one of the power house in women’s football in Africa”.
“We knew Cameroon was going to give us a good match. You have seen the match was not easy for both teams”.
“Both are tough teams, we both came from the Olympic Games, so we knew that playing against Cameroon we are going to get what we wanted, we achieved our objectives today”.
South Africa is in Group A with host; Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and DR Congo. Meanwhile, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia are in Group B.
Mkhonza is of the opinion that the chances of South Africa are high. However, he says all the eight teams that are going to compete in the tournament all have a chance, because they all merit it.
Mkhonza has played with Equatorial Guinea before and knows the team. “We played them in South African in 2010, they beat us 3-1 after extra time; we missed countless opportunities in the 90 minutes”.
This time we know it is not going to easy because they are the host, playing on home ground which is an advantage for them, but we are going there with a positive