3 August 2019 – There were two fantastic contests in the inaugural COSAFA Women’s Under-20 Championship on Saturday as hosts South Africa sealed their place in the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Namibia.

Shakeerah Jacobs scored the only goal of the game on 10 minutes as South Africa moved to six points and now cannot finish outside of the top two in the pool, which is enough for a semifinal place in this competition.

Zimbabwe secured an emphatic 4-0 victory over Mozambique to get their campaign back on track and set up a winner-takes-all meeting with Namibia on Monday.

Zimbabwe will in fact need just a draw in their game to advance given their superior goal-difference in the pool.

Dinah Banda, Talent Bizeki, Rennie Mudimu and goalkeeper Cynthia Shonga, from the penalty spot, secured the win for the Zimbabweans.

There will be two matches played in Group B on Sunday as Zambia take on Botswana (11h00 kick-off; 09h00 GMT) and East African guest nation Tanzania clash with Eswatini (14h00; 12h00).

Zambia and Tanzania were victorious in their openers and wins for each would push them both into the knockout round.

Entry to the matches are free, and fans can collect tickets from the following outlets:

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

COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS

 

SATURDAY’S RESULTS:

All Gelvandale Stadium

Zimbabwe 4 (Bizeki 17’, Banda 35’, Shonga 78’ pen, Mudimu 79’) Mozambique 0

Namibia 0 South Africa 1(Jacobs 10’) 

 

SUNDAY’S FIXTURES:

All Gelvandale Stadium
11h00 (09h00 GMT) – Botswana vs Zambia

14h00 (12h00 GMT) –Tanzania vs Eswatini

 

STANDINGS:

GROUP A                P         W        D         L         GF      GA       PTS
South Africa (Q)       2          2          0          0          4          0          6
Zimbabwe                 2          1          0          1          4          3          3
Namibia                    2          1          0          1          2          2          3
Mozambique             2          0          0          2          1          6          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: 6

Goals scored: 17

Biggest victory: Zambia 4 Eswatini 0 (Group B, August 2); Zimbabwe 4 Mozambique 0 (Group A, August 3)

Most goals in a game: 4 – Zambia 4 Eswatini 0 (Group B, August 2); Zimbabwe 4 Mozambique 0 (Group A, August 3)

 

GOALSCORERS:

2 goals – Shakeerah Jacobs (South Africa), Maylan Mulenga (Zambia)

1 – Veronica April (Namibia), Dinah Banda (Zimbabwe), Talent Bizeki (Zimbabwe), Ember Edwards (South Africa), Indira Jacobs (Namibia), Tyla-Bree Joss (South Africa), Dulce Lopes (Mozambique), Mary Mambwe (Zambia), Rennie Mudimu (Zimbabwe), Opa Sanga (Tanzania), Cynthia Shonga (Zimbabwe)

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

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