South Africa Is Heading to the Women's World Cup for the First Time Ever
The team has earned a spot in the 2019 World Cup after defeating Mali in the Africa Women Cup of Nations.
South Africa's national women's soccer team has just made history.
After securing a 2-0 win against Mali in the Africa Women Cup of Nations in Accra on Tuesday, the team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana, will head to the World Cup finals for the first time ever, reports BBC Africa.
The team's captain, Janine Van Wyk took to Twitter to celebrate the milestone, sharing pictures of her and fellow teammates in celebration.
No words can describe my emotions right now. Thank you to EVERYONE for the most amazing support & for believing in… https://t.co/3pEOS8TJex— Janine Van Wyk (@Janine Van Wyk) 1543351842.0
Banyana Banyana will take on the reigning champions Nigeria at the Women's Africa Cup on Nations this Saturday. The Nigerian Super Falcons beat out Cameroon to earn their win in the semi-finals. Both the Nigerian and South African teams have qualified for the 2019 World Cup games in France, where the Nigerian team will make their eighth World Cup appearance.
Many fans and supporters have taken to social media to Banyana Banyana on their historic win—with many also pointing out the gap in pay between South Africa's men's and women's team and the need for the government to establish fair pay.
Government congratulates @Banyana_Banyana who have qualified for the FIFA Womens’ World Cup taking place in France… https://t.co/lamVGhkBw6— South African Government (@South African Government) 1543385798.0
Your national leaders are going to foam at the mouth Congratulating Banyana Banyana but still won’t pay them properly.— mfaz’omnyama. (@mfaz’omnyama.) 1543352057.0
Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana need to swap budgets 👀— Mayihlome (@Mayihlome) 1543374260.0
Banyana have done it! They’re into the #AWCON2018 final, and have qualified for the @FIFAWWC for the first time ev… https://t.co/LnUkJkUsFi— Joe Crann (@Joe Crann) 1543350080.0
Banyana Banyana doing better than Bafana Bafana let's you know that women are the biggest dribblers in SA— Drip Soso (@Drip Soso) 1543382547.0
Banyana have made it into the FIFA WC for the very 1st time after beating Mali in the AWCON last night. On Saturday… https://t.co/kmmrFN8g6r— Mpho Letsholonyane (@Mpho Letsholonyane) 1543376514.0
Well done @Banyana_Banyana for qualifying for 2019 FIFA World Cup in France https://t.co/ThjnjnJNq1— Bafana Bafana (@Bafana Bafana) 1543351296.0
Banyana. A bunch of winners. https://t.co/zOIpJ644MM— Gugulethu Mhlungu (@Gugulethu Mhlungu) 1543351646.0