South Africa down Malawi, Zimbabwe beat Mozambique to stay on course for semifinals

Teenager Noxolo Cesane scored her first goal for South Africa as they came from a goal down to beat Malawi 3-1 in their Group A clash in the COSAFA Women’s Championship at a packed Wolfson Stadium on Friday.

The victory makes it two wins from two for Banyana Banyana as they go in hunt of a third successive regional title, but they were certainly made to sweat by an excellent Malawi side.

Asimenye Simwaka gave the She-Flames an early lead inside four minutes, but the home side were level 10 minutes before the break when Lebogang Ramalepe’s cross floated into the back of the net.

Banyana took control of the game after that and took the lead on 68 minutes when substitute Cesane netted her first international goal.

The points were made safe on 85 minutes when Amanda Mthandi finished an excellent team move from a Refiloe Jane pass to net her fourth goal of the campaign.

Zimbabwe put in another superb display as they defeated Mozambique 4-0 to take a firm grip on Group C with two wins and eight goals scored from their games so far.

While perhaps not at their flowing best, the Mighty Warriors were still too strong for the Mozambicans, and took an early lead through Marjoury Nyaumwe.

Emmaculate Msipa made it 2-0 midway through the first half, before striker Rudo Neshamba, back in the side for the first time in three years, took her tournament tally to four as she converted from the penalty spot on the stroke of halftime.

Zimbabwe added just one more goal in the second period as Nyaumwe got her second, but it was still a fine win.

The Comoros Islands may have been fearing the worst when they went 2-0 down to Madagascar inside the opening three minutes, mindful of their record 17-0 drubbing at the hands of South Africa on Wednesday.

But to their credit they rallied and scored a first ever goal in the competition through Wafat Mari.

The Malagasy were still too strong though as they ran out 5-1 winners with Marie Rasoanandrasana (two), Solomampionona Razananivo, Aimée Razanampiavy and Hanitriniana Nivonirina on the scoresheet.

The action continues on Saturday with matches in Groups B and C, starting with a clash between Zambia and Namibia.

The Zambians were handsome 15-0 winners over Mauritius in their opener, while Namibia slipped to a surprise 1-0 loss to Botswana.

It is likely to be a much tighter affair at the Wolfson Stadium for Zambia, with Namibia in desperate need of the three points. The match kicks-off at 10h00 (08h00 GMT).

Later on Botswana can take a big step towards a semifinal place if they can beat Mauritius (12h45; 10h45 GMT) with their young selection.

That would set up a pool decider against Zambia, but also potentially keep them in the running for the best runner-up place.

The final game of the day is in Group C, where Eswatini will seek to make it two wins from two when they tackle Angola (15h30; 13h30 GMT).

Meanwhile, the action was superb in the inaugural COSAFA Women’s Under-20 Championship matches that were played at the Gelvandale Stadium.

The two games played were in Group B, where East African guest nation Tanzania came out 2-0 winners against Botswana.

Opa Sanga gave them the lead, before Thuto Radipitse put the ball into her own net for the Young Mares.

The second game was more emphatic as Zambia cruised to a 4-0 win over Eswatini, with Maylan Mulenga bagging two goals and Mary Mambwe another.

Eswatini defender Ncedo Gamedze was also the scorer of an unfortunate own goal.

The action will resume in Group A on Saturday when hosts South Africa take on Namibia in a crunch game in that pool between two sides that won their opening games.

The match will kick-off at 14h00 (12h00 GMT).

Before that there is a clash between Zimbabwe and Mozambique at 11h00 (09h00 GMT). In this competition the top two teams in each pool advance, so there is still all to play for.

Matches at both venues have FREE entry to fans, who can collect tickets from:

COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Spar –Daku
Spar –New Brighton
Spar –Zonke (Motherwell)
U Save –Opposite Wolfson Stadium

COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP
Spar –Gelvandale
Spar –Espen Heights
Spar –Algoa
Spar –Algoa Foods

 

COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FRIDAY’S RESULTS
All Wolfson Stadium
Comoros 1 
(Mari 41’) Madagascar 5 (Nivonirina 1’, Razanampiavy 3’, Rasoanandrasana 20’, 51’, Razananivo 45’)

Zimbabwe 4 (Nyaumwe 9’, 67’, Msipa 23’, Neshamba 44′ pen) Mozambique 0

South Africa 3 (Ramalepe 36′, Cesane 68’, Mthandi 85’) Malawi 1 (Simwaka 4′)

 


SATURDAY’S FIXTURES
All Wolfson Stadium
10h00 (08h00 GMT) – Zambia vs Namibia
12h45 (10h45 GMT) – Mauritius vs Botswana
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – Angola vs Eswatini
STANDINGS  
GROUP A                   P          W        D         L          GF       GA       PTS
South Africa               2          2          0          0          20       1          6
Madagascar               2          1          0          1          5          3          3
Malawi                        2          1          0          1          3          3          3
Comoros Islands       2          0          0          2          1          22       0

 

GROUP B                   P          W        D         L          GF       GA       PTS
Zambia                       1          1          0          0          15       0          3
Botswana                   1          1          0          0          1          0          3
Namibia                      1          0          0          0          0          1          0
Mauritius                   1          0          0          1          0          15       0

GROUP C                    P          W        D         L          GF       GA       PTS
Zimbabwe                  2          2          0          0          8          1          6
Eswatini                     1          1          0          0          3          1          3
Angola                        1          0          0          1          1          4          0
Mozambique              2          0          0          2          1          7          0

 

TOURNAMENT STATS
Matches Played: 9
Goals scored: 58
Biggest victory: South Africa 17 Comoros Islands 0 (Group A, July 31)
Most goals in a game: 17 – South Africa 17 Comoros Islands 0 (Group A, July 31)

 

GOALSCORERS
8 goals – Rachel Nachula (Zambia)

4 – Refiloe Jane (South Africa), Amanda Mthandi (South Africa), Rudo Neshamba (Zimbabwe)

2 – Grace Chanda (Zambia), Hilda Magaia (South Africa), Bambanani Mbane (South Africa), Emmaculate Msipa (Zimbabwe), Marjoury Nyaumwe (Zimbabwe), Marie Rasoanandrasana (Madagascar)

1 –Michelle Abueng (Botswana), Kholosa Biyana (South Africa), Noxolo Cesane (South Africa), Hellen Chanda (Zambia), Theresa Chewe (Zambia), Rhoda Chileshe (Zambia), Phumzile Dlamini (Eswatini), Ode Fulutudilu (South Africa), Zainabu Kapanda (Malawi), Lucia (Mozambique), Tiisetso Makhubela (South Africa), Mamello Makhabane (South Africa), Cristina Makua (Angola), Wafat Mari (Comoros Islands), Tenanile Mgcamphalala (Eswatini), Mary Mwakapila (Zambia), Busiswe Ndimeni (South Africa), Hanitriniana Nivonirina (Madagascar), Lebogang Ramalepe (South Africa), Aimée Razanampiavy (Madagascar), Solomampionona Razananivo (Madagascar), Nomvula Sanga (Eswatini), Asimenye Simwaka (Malawi), Salome Vinkhumbu (Malawi)

Own goals –Marie Jerome (Mauritius), Hanifa Melanie (Comoros Islands)

 

 

COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

All Gelvandale Stadium
Botswana 0 Tanzania 2 (Sanga 38’, Radipitse 46’ og)

Zambia 4 (Mulenga 15’, 50’, Mambwe 23’, Gamedze 62’) Eswatini 0

SATURDAY’S FIXTURES
All Gelvandale Stadium
11h00 (09h00 GMT) – Zimbabwe vs Mozambique
14h00 (12h00 GMT) – Namibia vs South Africa

 

 

STANDINGS  
GROUP A                   P          W        D         L          GF       GA       PTS
South Africa               1          1          0          0          3          0          3
Namibia                      1          1          0          0          2          1          3
Mozambique              1          0          0          1          1          2          0
Zimbabwe                  1          0          0          1          0          3          0

 

GROUP B                   P          W        D         L          GF       GA       PTS
Zambia                       1          1          0          0          4          0          3
Tanzania                    1          1          0          0          2          0          3
Botswana                   1          0          0          1          0          2          0
Eswatini                     1          0          0          1          0          4          0

 

TOURNAMENT STATS
Matches Played: 4
Goals scored: 12
Biggest victory: Zambia 4 Eswatini 0 (Group B, August 2)
Most goals in a game: 4 – Zambia 4 Eswatini 0 (Group B, August 2)

 

 

GOALSCORERS
2 goals – Maylan Mulenga (Zambia)

1 – Veronica April (Namibia), Ember Edwards (South Africa), Indira Jacobs (Namibia), Shakeerah Jacobs (South Africa), Tyla-Bree Joss (South Africa), Dulce Lopes (Mozambique), Mary Mambwe (Zambia), Opa Sanga (Tanzania)

Own goals – Ncedo Gamedze (Eswatini), Thuto Radipitse (Botswana)

 

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