Tanzanite make it to COSAFA U-20 Women Championship final

09Aug 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzanite make it to COSAFA U-20 Women Championship final

NATIONAL U-20 women soccer squad, Tanzanite, have inched closer to winning the COSAFA U-20 Women Championship’s top honour, cruising to the final after recording 2-0 win over South Africa in the semi-final in Port Elizabeth yesterday.

Thelma Phiri of Zambia U-20 women team (L) tackles Pheromena Kizima of Tanzania U-20 women squad during the 2019 COSAFA U-20 Women Championship match held at Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth, in South Africa on Tuesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SYDNEY MAHLANGU

 

The Tanzania team will lock horns with Zambia in the final, slated for Sunday at Wolfson Stadium, given the latter notched victory over Zimbabwe in the other last four stage’s match that took place the same day.

Tanzanite netted the goals in the first period and they then put spirited showing to keep their opponents in check.

Skipper Enekia Kasonga drilled in the first goal for Tanzanite on the 18th minute, Opa Clement made it 2-0 for the side on the 30th minute.

The squad is a guest side in the competition, which is organized by Council of Southern Africa Football Associations and aimed at promoting women soccer in the region.

Tanzanite’s head coach, Bakari Shime, disclosed shortly before the team's departure for Port Elizabeth the team, consisting of 20 players, went for better preparations, insisting his squad is keen on making its presence felt.

"We thank God we were in great shape in the camp for almost one month. We also appreciate contribution from all people, which aimed at seeing to it our camp runs smoothly and in the end get players for the competition," he noted.

Shime added the team's preparations went on smoothly, insisting the team's technical bench hopes each of the players will fulfil her duty and represent the country well.

He appealed to soccer enthusiasts in the country to rally behind the team, given the approach will motivate the squad to put scintillating performance in the competition.

Esther, Tanzanite's member, noted the team has undergone good preparation for the competition and she believes the squad will excel in the showdown.

She noted Tanzania soccer followers should understand the team is eager to emerge victorious in the tournament and will for that matter settle for nothing short of wins in their matches.

Sarah Chao, who heads the delegation, disclosed the team is in good shape, adding the squad will give its all in the competitions.

She added the team's players are in high spirit, pointing out each of the players has promised to fulfil her duty.

The country will add an extra dimension to the field for the COSAFA championship and continue a long tradition of teams from the country competing in Southern African competitions.

The senior national women’s side have enjoyed some excellent results down the years, while the Under-20s have also had the ability to spring a surprise, though their entrance to the stage has been more recent.    

The country has attempted to qualify for the African Under-20 Cup of Nations for Women in the last three editions only.

In 2014 they defeated Mozambique 15-1 on aggregate in the first round but lost 9-1 to South Africa in the next stage.    

In 2015 they were beaten 4-0 by Zambia in the first stage, and in 2018 lost 9-0 to continental powerhouses Nigeria.