Banyana Banyana arrive home.

Banyana return home from FIFA Women’s World Cup

Banyana Banyana players arrived to a heroine’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport following their successful World Cup.


Banyana Banyana arrive home.

Banyana Banyana made their long trip back home from Australia following their successful World Cup campaign.

The girls arrived to a heroine’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport.

Hildah Magaia, Noko Matlou and Thembi Kgatlana were amongst the first Banyana group to arrive on Tuesday.

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“Each and every one of us is proud,” Magaia said.

“We went there with the mandate of qualifying for the Round of 16 and we did that. So it is a proud moment for all of us. We picked up injuries (in the game against the Netherlands) and it really killed our morale in the game. These things happen in football,” said the Banyana attacker.

Magaia was one of Desiree Ellis’ top players at the tournament scoring crucial goals for the team.

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Banyana made the nation proud

Banyana’defeated Italy 3-2 to secure a passage to the round of 16 but were dealt a heavy blow in the match against the Netherland when Jermaine Seoposenwe got a knock and was forced to leave the field.

The Netherlands eventually won 2-0 and Matlou said they were unlucky in that game.

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“It is not by mistake that we won WAFCON last year,” she said. “We went to the World Cup and we wanted to give our best, and we did our best. We went to the knockout stages and were unlucky to lose to the Netherlands in the Round of 16,” said the Banyana defender.

The team next play USA next month.