Banyana Banyana failed to clear the final hurdle, falling to Equatorial Guinea in the final of the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) African Women's Championship in Malabo on Sunday.
It took the hosts until two minutes before halftime to break the goalless deadlock, but they dominated the second half, netting a further three times, to run out convincing 4-0 winners.
The Sasol-sponsored South African women travelled to the Malabo New Stadium in high spirits after defeating Africa's top ranked side Nigeria 1-0 in Bata on the mainland on Wednesday, but came unstuck against a determined home side.
'A major disappointment'
Speaking after the match, Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza said: "Falling at the final hurdle is a major disappointment to all involved with Banyana Banyana, particularly after the fine effort put in to record our national team's first ever win over Nigeria in the semi-finals last week."
He added: "Safa (the South African Football Association) and Sasol need to be thanked for their continued support of women's football in SA since we have proved that with the current crop of players, as well as a vast pool of talent identified via the Sasol League Road Shows, Banyana Banyana should be able to qualify for international tournaments, such as the World Cup and the Olympics, in the future."
Equatorial Guinea went into the lead in Sunday's showdown when loria Chinasa took advantage of some poor defensive work to head home from a corner kick in the 43rd minute.
Playing in front of 20 000 passionate home fans, the home team doubled its lead in the 66th minute when second half substitute Tiga Costa scored with her first touch of the ball.
Four minutes later, they were 3-0 up when midfielder and captain Genoveva Anonman made the South Africans pay for some sloppy defending.
In the 72nd minute, Chinasa scored her second goal of the title-deciding match. After a fine run on the left, she netted from a tight angle past the outstretched Banyana Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni.
In a disappointing showing for South Africa, only captain and midfielder Amanda Dlamini looked the part on the biggest football stage in African women's football, with a solid display in her efforts to launch attacks on the Equatorial Guinea goal area.
While disappointed with the result, the outcome marks the end of a hectic and ultimately successful year for Banyana Banyana, which saw them in camp early in January in preparation for the London Olympics held in July.
The South African team will now wait patiently to see the result of their efforts at the African Women's Championship in the latest Fifa World Rankings. They travelled to Malabo ranked 56th in the world (up from 61st in July) and fourth in Africa (behind Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and All-Africa Games champions Cameroon).
In the playoff for third and fourth places, Cameroon outplayed Nigeria 1-0.
Headlines Newsview all
Charly Boy talks about how the many creative, progressive and hardworking Nigerians are ruled by a few riffraffs, scumbags, fraudsters and scavengers. He also says ... Full story
A young Nigerian soldier who was one of the 54 sentenced to death has sent a passionate appeal to Nigerian. One of the 54 Nigerian soldiers ... Full story
Rate this article
- CBN bars commercial banks from holding funds in dollars
- 70% of candidates fail 2014 WASSCE
- Mr. Ibu Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In New Photos
According to reports, wife of a talented Nigerian artist, Zinno Orara, Adaora, is dead. The woman was said to have died few hours ago after ...
She's pretty, talented, sexy and easy going. Nigerian music sensation, Niyola, came under the spotlight after her popular song and video directed by Kemi Adetiba, ...
Edo State-born actress, Ruth Kadiri, who debuted in Nollywood in ‘Sincerity’, a movie she also wrote, in recent times, has upped her game in the ...
Rukkayat Sanda is indeed a beauty to behold. And this is not just because she has the looks, but she also has a fashion sense ...
After losing out at her party’s primaries in a bid to contest for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives in the 2015 election, ...
"Ladies no longer want love and romance. All they want are material things! Money! Money! Money! The other day, I took one out for a ...
Last week, a particular story of how Super star actress Omotola Jalade's has been tempted countless times to cheat on her husband went viral. In a ...
Ex-Delta Soap model and actress, Angela Okorie is a beauty to behold and cherish. She radiates so much freshness that she could easily mistaken for ...
‘He, who finds a wife, finds a good thing and obtains favour from the Lord.’ This is the current tale of Actors Guild of Nigeria’s ...
Members, friends and families worshiped God in an atmosphere of joy and laughter on Sunday December 14th at one of the most anticipated Carol Concerts, ...