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South Africa make history with World Cup qualification

CELEBRATION: South Africa celebrate Women's World Cup qualification (Image: South Africa women’s football team/Facebook)

SOUTH AFRICA has qualified for the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

The country’s women’s football team beat Mali 2-0 in Cape Coast, Ghana, on Tuesday.

The goals were scored by Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana and Lebohang Ramalepe, each netting a goal in each half of the game.

The win takes South Africa through to the finals of the Nations Cup, making it their fourth time in the finals of the tournament.

Only three other African teams have qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Ghana, hosts of this year’s Nations Cup, Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast have also made it through to the global tournament that will take place in France next year.

The South African government has welcomed the historic achievement of the national women’s team.

Professor Thuli Madonsela, wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations ⁦Banyana Banyana⁩ [South Africa’s women’s football team] on qualifying for ⁦⁦FIFA World Cup⁩ for Women 2019 and making it to the finals of Africa Cup of Nations for Women. We are inspired.”

The South Africa minister for public service and administration Ayanda Dlodlo tweeted: “History has been made! Congratulations to the South African National Women’s Football team Banyana Banyana on your historic World Cup qualification. You have made this country very proud.”

A statement from the team’s Twitter account highlighted how far the team has come.

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