2 August 2019 – 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 (2 August 2019).
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 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).
Matches at both venues have FREE entry to fans, who can collect tickets from:
COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
Spar –New Brighton
Spar –Zonke (Motherwell)
U Save –Opposite Wolfson Stadium
COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS:
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′)
All Wolfson Stadium
10h00 (08h00 GMT) – Zambia vs Namibia
12h45 (10h45 GMT) – Mauritius vs Botswana
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – Angola vs Eswatini
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
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)
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)