Defending champions South Africa defeated Uganda 2-0 to book their places in the final, while Cameroon saw off Zambia 1-0 in a hard-fought clash in the first game of the day – the latter result meant the Central Africans gained revenge for a group stage loss by the same scoreline to the She-Polopolo.
Banyana Banyana were also made to work hard for their win in a fast-paced match, but sealed the victory after goals from Linda Motlhalo and Jermaine Seoposenwe.
Motlhalo was typically composed with her finish inside seven minutes to settle home nerves, thus becoming the top goal scorer of the tournament with her fourth since the start of competition, to go one above compatriot Khanya Xesi and Mpeh Bissong of Camerooon.
South Africa had plenty of chances to score but could not convert, with Kgaelebane Mohlakoane failing on two occasions when she was one on one with the opposing goalkeeper, and vice captain Refiloe Jane was denied by the brilliance of Uganda goalkeeper Ruth Atoru with an excellent stop.
The game was made safe on 67 minutes when Motlhalo turned provider as she broke behind the Uganda defence and with just Atoru to beat, unselfishly played in Seoposenwe who made no mistake in front of an open net, grabbing her second of the tournament. The striker was one of two changes made by head coach Desiree Ellis, as she replaced Xesi in the starting line-up, while goalkeeper Kaylin Swart came in for Roxanne Barker.
South Africa has now scored 11 goals and conceded only one – against Madagascar in their opening match of the competition. The goalscrorers are Motlhalo (4), Xesi (3), Seoposenwe (2), Mohlakoana (1) and Nothando Vilakazi (1).
Zambia and Uganda will face-off in Friday’s (21 September) bronze-medal at 15h00 as they seek to gain some reward from what has been an excellent championship for both sides.
Cameroon came through an excellent semifinal in which both sides had chances to score more goals.
But they went into the break goalless and it took until the 77thminute to get the opening goal as Edith Ngo Mbeleck produced a neat finish to give Cameroon the lead.
They were able to hold on to that advantage and seal their final spot, living up to their billing as the third-placed side on the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.
Entrance to the Wolfson Stadium on Friday and for Saturday’s final will be FREE to the public.
At Wolfson Stadium
Zambia 0 Cameroon 1 (Edith Ngo Mbeleck)
South Africa 2 (Linda Motlhalo, Jermaine Seoposenwe) Uganda 0
At Wolfson Stadium
15h00 local, 13h00 GMT–Zambia vs Uganda
At Wolfson Stadium
12h00 local, 10h00 GMT–South Africa vs Cameroon
FINAL GROUP STANDINGS:
GROUP A P W D L GF GA PTS
South Africa 3 3 0 0 9 1 9
Botswana 3 1 1 1 2 1 4
Malawi 3 1 0 2 2 8 3
Madagascar 3 0 1 2 1 4 1
GROUP B P W D L GF GA PTS
Zambia 3 3 0 0 6 0 9
Cameroon 3 2 0 1 14 2 6
Mozambique 3 1 0 2 3 12 3
Lesotho 3 0 0 3 1 10 0
GROUP C P W D L GF GA PTS
Uganda 3 2 1 0 6 4 7
Zimbabwe 3 2 0 1 5 2 6
Namibia 3 1 1 1 4 2 4
Eswatini 3 0 0 3 4 11 0
Matches Played: 20
Goals scored: 60
Biggest victory: Cameroon 8 Mozambique 1 (Group B, September 13)
Most goals in a game: 9 – Cameroon 8 Mozambique 1 (Group B, September 13)
4 goals – Linda Motlhalo (South Africa)
3 – Mpeh Bissong (Cameroon), Khanya Xesi (South Africa)
2 – Barbra Banda (Zambia),Cidalia Cuta (Mozambique), Lina Katuta (Namibia), Edith Ngo Mbeleck (Cameroon), Madeleine Ngono Mani (Cameroon), Raissa Mbappe (Cameroon), Hasifah Nassuna (Uganda), Celiwe Nkambule (Eswatini), Marjory Nyaumwe (Zimbabwe), Jermaine Seoposenwe (South Africa)
1 –Tracey Akiror (Uganda), Eliane Bodolo (Cameroon), Zainab Kapanda (Malawi), Linda Kasenda (Malawi), Lesego Keleboge (Botswana), Rutendo Makore (Zimbabwe), Litseoana Maloro (Lesotho), Catherine Mbengono (Cameroon), Charlene Meyong (Cameroon), Tenanile Mgcamphalala (Eswatini), Lucia Moçambique (Mozambique), Kgaelebane Mohlakoana (South Africa), Lovisa Mulunga (Namibia), Felistas Muzongondi (Zimbabwe), Mary Mwakapila (Zambia), Lushomo Mweemba (Zambia), Juliet Nalukenge (Uganda), Rachel Nachula (Zambia), Resty Nanziri (Uganda), Abena Ninon (Cameroon), Agnes Nkada (Cameroon), Alupo Norah (Uganda), Susan Nyama (Zimbabwe), Lesego Radiakanyo (Botswana), Sarah Rasoanandrasana (Madagascar), Cebile Shongwe (Eswatini), Kylie van Wyk (Namibia), Nothando Vilakazi (South Africa),Claudy Ychadeu (Cameroon), Misozi Zulu (Zambia).