Tanzanite lose to Zambia in COSAFA U-20 Women Championship

07Aug 2019
The Guardian
Tanzanite lose to Zambia in COSAFA U-20 Women Championship

NATIONAL U-20 women soccer side, Tanzanite, has succumbed to 2-1 loss to Zambia in this year’s COSAFA U-20 Women Championship game, which was played in South Africa yesterday.

Aisha Masaka

The results hardly affected Tanzanite’s participation in the tournament, as the side and their opponents had already claimed emphatic victories on Sunday to seal their place in the semi-finals of the inaugural competition.

In the yesterday duel forward Enekia Kasonga netted Tanzanite’s goal, Kalenga and Kasonde drilled in Zambia goals.

The East African guest nation had defeated Eswatini 8-0 to showcase their quality and highlight their potential as possible champions.

Aisha Masaka scored a hat-trick, the first of the tournament, to set Tanzania on their way, while Enekia Kasonga Lunyamila (two), Esther Gindulya, Irene Kisisa and Shamimu Salum also got their names on the score sheet.    

Zambia sealed their place in the semi-finals with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Botswana.

Maylan Mulenga netted two goals to take her tally for the tournament to four and to the top of the scorers’ charts.

Thandiwe Ndhlovu and Mary Mambwe netted the other goals, while Theo George was on target for Botswana.

They will now wait to see the completion of the other pool, which will take place on Monday.

Hosts South Africa face Mozambique at the Gelvandale Stadium at 10h00 (08h00 GMT), needing just a point to seal their place in the next stage.

Namibia and Zimbabwe meet in the other fixture at the Wolfson Stadium at the same time, and with both teams on three points, it is a winner-takes-all scenario. A point will favour Zimbabwe as they are ahead on goal-difference.

Monday will also see the final round of matches in Groups A and C in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.

South Africa need just a point against Madagascar at the Wolfson Stadium (12h45 kick-off; 10h45 GMT) to secure top spot in the pool and a place in the semifinals.

They will be without skipper Janine van Wyk, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury picked up in Friday’s 3-1 win over Malawi.   

If Madagascar can grab a victory, and Malawi defeat Comoros Islands at the Gelvandale Stadium (12h45; 10h45 GMT) as expected, it would leave all three sides on six points and time for the calculators to determine which side advances.

Only the top team in each pool and the best-placed runner-up move to the semifinals.

Group C will also concluded as Zimbabwe and Eswatini (15h30; 13h30 GMT) battle it out for top spot in the pool and a semifinal place at the Wolfson Stadium.

Zimbabwe will need just a draw given their superior goal-difference, but it is a tough game to call with both sides in form.     

At the same time, Angola and Mozambique will play at the Gelvandale Stadium to avoid the wooden spoon in the pool.