The premier of South Africa’s richest and most populous province also congratulated Banyana Banyana for their “patriotic effort and determination displayed when they beat Nigeria to advance to the finals.”
Banyana Banyana’s centre back, Janine Van Wyk, scored the only goal of the match that saw the senior women’s national team becoming the first South African national team to beat Africa’s No. 1-ranked team, Nigeria, in an official competition since 1993.
“Banyana Banyana’s victory signals the dawn of a new era for women’s football in South Africa. Let us – all the 13-million Gauteng residents – rally behind the team when the girls face the home team, Equatorial Guinea in Bata on Sunday.
“I urge all South Africans, Gauteng residents in particular, to show their support for the girls on Sunday. As a nation we did it for Bafana Bafana during the opening of the first-ever Soccer World Cup on African soil. Let us now do it for Banyana Banyana,” she said.
Mokonyane also took the opportunity to congratulate the team’s head coach, Joseph Mkhonza, on being named as the South African Coach of the Year at the 2012 South African Sports Awards.
The game starts at 18:30 South African time.
Meanwhile, Premier Soccer League fixture is as follows:
Friday, Swallows v Chippa United – VW Dobsonville Stadium
Saturday: Tuks v Sundowns- Tuks Stadium, 15:30
Platinum Stars v Wits- Royal Bafokeng, 15:30
Arrows v Maritzburg- King Zweletheni Stadium, 6pm
Pirates v FS Stars- Orlando Stadium, 6pm
SuperSport v Chiefs- Peter Mokaba Stadium, 20:15
Sunday: Ajax v Leopards- CT Stadium, 15:30
Celtic v Amazulu- Free State Stadium, 15:30