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People across the country are rallying behind the South African women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, ahead of the crunch Women’s African Cup of Nations Final (Afcon) against Nigeria.

The South African ladies got their Afcon campaign underway with a victory over Nigeria in the group stages.

On the second game day of the tournament, Banyana were brilliant and proved to be title contenders when they beat the ladies from Equatorial Guinea 7-1.

In the final group game, the ladies needed to avoid defeat against Zambia, and that’s exactly what they did.

A 1-1 draw with Zambia saw the ladies qualify for the semi-finals unbeaten and at the summit of their group.

On Tuesday, Banyana beat Mali 2-0 in the semi-finals to book a spot in the final. Their fellow finalists, Nigeria, needed penalties to get past Cameroon after the game ended goalless during regulation time.

Banyana will be without star player, Refiloe Jane who was recalled to her Australian club, Canberra FC.

Kick off at is 6pm on Saturday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is in Argentina for the G20 summit, sent a congratulatory message and well wishes to the ladies all the way in Ghana.