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Modise milestone sees Banyana into semi-finals
- Updated: October 19, 2014
Banyana Banyana and veteran striker Portia Modise had reason to celebrate on Saturday as they advanced to the semi-finals of the African Women’s Championship.
The national women’s football side impressed with a 5-1 win over Algeria at Windhoek’ Independence Stadium in Namibia.
And Modise was instrumental in the win as she scored two goals, the second being a huge milestone in her career and which took her to the 100-goal mark.
And just for good measure Amanda Dlamini was named Woman of the Match.
Coming into the game bottom of the group with one point from two games, Banyana needed a convincing win to proceed to the semi-finals.
The top three teams at this year’s tournament will qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Modise’s brace and goals by Sanah Mollo, Mamello Makhabane and Dlamini sealed the much needed three points and goal difference for Banyana.
Dlamini put her side in the lead in the 37th minute. The cross came in from Modise, and Dlamini controlled in the box and easily tapped-in for the opener.
Modise extended the lead five minutes later and Sanah Mollo scored the third goal for her side in the 70th minute.
Later, Makhabane drifted a place kick into goal that confused the defenders and the keeper for the fourth goal for South Africa. Modise then notched up her 100th goal for Banyana with just minutes remaining. They now take on Nigeria in the semi-final.