Banyana Banyana arrive back home to heroes' welcome

02 December 2018 - 19:20 By Mninawa Ntloko
South Africa during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations between Nigeria and South Africa at Accra Sports Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
South Africa during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations between Nigeria and South Africa at Accra Sports Stadium on December 01, 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
Image: Samuel Ahmadu/Gallo Images

Banyana Banyana returned home to a heroes' welcome at  Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday  afternoon after qualifying for next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup for the first time a few days ago.

Coach Desiree Ellis and her charges were greeted by a multitude of fans after ending years of heartache to qualify for the global showpiece to be held in France.

Several dignitaries were in attendance‚ including Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa‚ Minister of Women in the Presidency Bathabile Dlamini‚ Safa president Danny Jordaan among many others. 

Banyana were beaten 4-3 on penalties by perennial nemesis Nigeria in the final of the African Women's Cup of Nations in Accra on Saturday.

And while that defeat was painful after coming so agonisingly close to finally winning a maiden continental title‚  the South Africans can take solace from earning a ticket to the World Cup.

They had already guaranteed qualification to the global tournament after beating Mail 2-0 in the semi-finals of the continental event.

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