Banyana secure historic passage to London

South Africa have won through to the 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament thanks to a 4-1 aggregate victory over Ethiopia on Sunday.

Protecting a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Banyana Banyana drew 1-1 away to secure one or two African berths at London 2012.

Playing in front of a healthy 15,000 crowd in Addis Adaba, the visitors led after 46 minutes as Mpumelelo Nyandeni scored, only for Tobyin Mesfin Tameru to equalise for the hosts 12 minutes from full time.

"This will be Banyana Banyana's first appearance at the Olympics since the team came into being in 1993 and the joy on the players' faces is a sign of how much this moment means to them," said South Africa coach Joseph Mkhonza.

South Africa will be joined in London by either Cameroon or Nigeria. The tie is delicately poised with the latter holding a 2-1 lead going into the second leg in Cameroon on 22 October.