Standing between Banyana and their first continental title is an all too familiar rival in the form of 10-time champions, the Super Falcons.

The Banyana-Super Falcons rivalry dates back to the final of the second edition of the tournament in 1995. South Africa were making their tournament debut while Nigeria were the defending champions having steamrolled their way to the inaugural title four years earlier. An inexperienced Banyana side, still trying to find their feet in international football, was blown away 11-2 on aggregate.

Their next meeting, five years later in South Africa, would also be in the tournament’s decider. An improved Banyana side, now well-adapted to the demands of the international game, would gallantly lose 2-0 to an unstoppable force marching to a fourth consecutive title.

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Banyana’s next appearance in a Africa Cup of Nations final would come eight years later in Equatorial Guinea, a narrow 2-1 defeat to the hosts seeing them come up short again.

Four years later it would be Equatorial Guinea, where they were once again denied opportunity to assume the throne of African football queens.

Having proved in the first round of the Ghana tournament that a solid game plan and tactical discipline can bring the Super Falcons down to earth, Banyana could finally find themselves at the top of the podium come the end of Saturday’s much-awaited encounter.

The match, which kicks off at 6pm, will be broadcast live on SuperSport 10, which is available on DStv’s Premium package all the way down to the Access package, as well as via live stream through the DStv Now App.

Take a look at a few congratulatory messages from South African on Twitter:

– ANA