Algeria win Bronze
Algeria put in an inspired performance to outplay a disappointing South Africa 3-0 in the third-place play-off of the All Africa Games Women’s tournament, to capture the bronze medal.
On the evidence on the semi-final form South Africa came into the game as favourites, but could not settle and were second to their opponents in every department.
South Africa gifted Algeria the lead in the 6th minute when a misunderstanding between Elizabeth Cele and Sibongiseni Khamlana, in the centre of defence, allowed Dalila Zerrouki through on goal and the young Algerian striker slid her shot past Yolula Tsawe.
Zerrouki’s strike partner, Benziane Bouhani, was a constant thorn in the side of the South Africa defence, her tireless running keeping the Banyana rearguard on the backfoot.
In the 25th minute she chased down a long up-and-under from midfield and got her head to the ball before Khamlana, but Tsawe did well to palm the ball around for a corner.
Algerian were dominating affairs and highlighted their ascendancy in the 36th minute when they tore the South African midfield apart and a superb one-two between Lilia Boumrar and Bouhani saw the latter through on goal, but Tsawe came off her line and judged her block to perfection.
The half time talk by coach Bongani Yengwa did little to lift the South African’s play and it came as no surprise when Algeria extended their lead five minutes into the second period when Bouhani held off the challenge of Khamlana in the area and finished expertly.
The result never in doubt, Algeria ended the match as a contest in the 71st minute when Djamila Marek scored after the South Africans once again failed to clear a high ball and the substitute pounced to volley home from close range.
Algeria thoroughly deserved their bronze medals, and looking at the make up of their young squad promise to be a force to be reckoned with in African women’s football in the near future.
South Africa: Tsawe, Radebe (Zulu 48’), Cele, Khamlana, Mokhopa, Makhanya, Skiti, Selepe, Modiko, Mokoma (Mohlabai 81’), Esau (Kgoale 64’)
Algeria: Rezig, Sekouane, Sadou, Meflah, Boumrar, Ouadah, Zerrouki, Imloul, Bekhedda, Boutchiche (Marek 46’), Bouhani (Yahi 90+1)
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