The miracle did not take place. The women’s national team was unable to turn the tide yesterday at the Omar Hamadi stadium against South Africa for the second leg of the last round of the CAN 2022 qualifiers after being held in check (1- 1, 0-2 in the first leg).
However, not everything is to be thrown away. The Vertes managed to go halfway by finishing the first half in their advantage thanks to a goal from Sylia Koui with a header (45 ‘+2’) after an individual exploit by captain Naïma Bouheni on the right side. Better still, the Algerians played almost evenly with the African vice-champions and scored a goal by Bouheni at the (27 ‘), but refused by the Tunisian referee Dorsaf Ghenouati for an unclear foul on the goalkeeper of goal Andean Dlamini.
In the second half, the proteges of Radia Fertoul put pressure on the opposing defense from the start. After the quarter of an hour, the Banyana Banyana obtain a penalty for a handling error which Linda Maserame Motlhalo victoriously transforms (61′).
This achievement has somewhat sawn the legs of the Algerians, who will finish the game at ten after the expulsion of Lydia Belkacem following a second yellow card, three minutes from the end of regulation time.
With this draw, the Greens are turning their backs on the African adventure. Algeria will therefore be absent from the next Women’s Africa Cup of Nations which will take place from July 2 to 23, 2022, in Morocco.