Banyana Banyana failed to progress to the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final, after losing 1-0 to Nigeria on Tuesday evening.
Nigeria got off to an encouraging start, with England-based forward Asisat Oshoala causing a few problems for the Banyana defence.
Desiree Ellis’ charges did create a chance of their own, as Mabatle went close for the South Africans in the 19th minute.
With the Super Falcons pushing a for an opener, Dlamini was proving key for Bafana as she produced a fine save to deny Nigeria a goal in the 25th minute.
Banyana did have the ball in the back of the net just before the halftime break, but the effort was flagged offside.
The Nigerians broke the deadlock in the 57th minute courtesy of a fine free-kick from Desire Oparanozi.
Ellis responded by introducing Thembi Kgatlana, who seemed to have made an impact, as she linked up with Mcgoyi and Linda Motlhalo.
Banyana nearly broke the deadlock in the 86th minute, but they had two efforts cleared off the line by the Nigerian defence.
However, Banyana could not find the equalising goal in the closing stages, as the Super Falcons held on for the victory.
South Africa will now face Ghana in the third/fourth play-off on Friday evening.