Bayana Bayana pipped their Nigerian counterparts in the 2018 AWCON Group B opener thanks to a second-half thunderbolt by substitute Chrestinah Kgatlana.
The Super Falcons side who began the game on a higher note, dominating play failed to find the back of the net from the few chances in the opening 25 minutes of the encounter.
Right back Michael Faith picked up a loose ball on her line before finding Rita Chikwelu but the latter’s through ball was feebly hit by Asisat Oshoala just three minutes after.
Head Coach Desiree Ellis’ Bayana Bayana also had their first share of opportunity to break the jinx with midfielder Refiloe Jane blasting wide a piercing pass from Janine Van Wyk in the third half of the turf.
The first half of the crunch group B opener ended with neither teams breaking the deadlock.
After recess, a rejuvenated South African side outplayed Dennerby’s girls who dominated the most part of the first 45 minutes with Smeda and Makhabane together with Ddimeni dictating midfield action.
Chances were fluffed by both teams but the Bayana Bayana was hit at the back foot in the 86th after substitute Chrestinah Kgatlana connected well to a cross from midfield before striking the ball into the far left of the post from the right side of the edge of the box.
The win sends the South Africans on top of the table and will face Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday at the Cape Coast Stadium.