Zambia U20 Women Reach Cosafa Semis

Maylan Mulenga of Zambia celebrates goal with teammates during the 2019 COSAFA Women U20 match between Botswana and Zambia at Gelvandale Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 04 August 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Zambia and Tanzania claimed emphatic victories at the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-20 Championships on Sunday to seal their place in the semifinals of the inaugural competition.

The East African guest nation defeated Eswatini 8-0 to showcase their quality and highlight their potential as possible champions.

Aisha Masaka scored a hat-trick, the first of the tournament, to set Tanzania on their way, while Enekia Kasonga Lunyamila (two), Ester Gindulya, Irene Kisisa and Shamimu Salum also got their names on the scoresheet.

Zambia sealed their place in the semifinals with a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Botswana, and will now face a winner-takes-all clash with Tanzania on Tuesday for top-spot in the pool.

Maylan Mulenga netted two goals to take her tally for the tournament to four and to the top of the scorers’ charts. Thandiwe Ndhlovu and Mary Mambwe netted the other goals, while Theo George was on target for Botswana.

They will now wait to see the completion of the other pool, which will take place on Monday.

Hosts South Africa face Mozambique at the Gelvandale Stadium at 10h00 (08h00 GMT), needing just a point to seal their place in the next stage.

Namibia and Zimbabwe meet in the other fixture at the Wolfson Stadium at the same time, and with both teams on three points, it is a winner-takes-all scenario.

A point will favour Zimbabwe as they are ahead on goal-difference.

Monday will also see the final round of matches in Groups A and C in the COSAFA Women’s Championship.

South Africa need just a point against Madagascar at the Wolfson Stadium (12h45 kick-off; 10h45 GMT) to secure top spot in the pool and a place in the semifinals.

They will be without skipper Janine van Wyk, who has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a knee injury picked up in Friday’s 3-1 win over Malawi.

If Madagascar can grab a victory, and Malawi defeat Comoros Islands at the Gelvandale Stadium (12h45; 10h45 GMT) as expected, it would leave all three sides on six points and time for the calculators to determine which side advances.

Only the top team in each pool and the best-placed runner-up move to the semifinals.

Group C will also conclude as Zimbabwe and Eswatini (15h30; 13h30 GMT) battle it out for top spot in the pool and a semifinal place at the Wolfson Stadium.

Zimbabwe will need just a draw given their superior goal-difference, but it is a tough game to call with both sides in form.

At the same time, Angola and Mozambique will play at the Gelvandale Stadium to avoid the wooden spoon in the pool.


(Credit: Cosafa)



  1. Allan's

    Good luck to chipolopolo let’s copper bullet them


    Go Zambia go

  3. Evans c h i s u l o

    Well done. Ladies, excellent striking. Forces, coach. Bravo please. Don’t. Relux

  4. Evans c h i s u l o

    So gangsta grab. Will. Write. Nosemse. Young. Mam. Be. Careful. With. Your. Postings, bcoz. You. Will. Never. See. Yo. Grandchildren if. At all you. Pound. Mad pig.

  5. James

    Shipolopolo all the way we behind you girls.

  6. Man of calibre

    Good luck our shipolopolo. We are behind you guys

  7. Rocky

    These shepolopolo have Sharp strikers nomba ubwafya bwaba na Bashi Tata… I have never seen our boys scoring more goals like the way it is to their sisters.
    Congratulations girls

  8. Clifford Banda

    Well done girls. Keep on aiming high.

  9. Jack

    Never give up



  11. F-CEE

    From the last time I watched the shepolopolo girls, I must say there is a big transformation in then, I have hope they can go all the way.
    Girls, we are behind you, do us proud.

  12. Muzungu Wa Black

    Go girls we are supporting you here and we count on you

  13. Chilombe Ian

    Continue working hard and come back home with smiles

  14. Ba Barnes

    Go Zambia go we’re behind you

  15. BJ

    Congratulations our shepolopolo for beating the much fanced girls from east African. Their heights was an added advantage. Take down to serious business, Zimbabwean girls are no push over. All the best !!!

  16. William simukoko

    Go zambia Go

  17. John Mphande

    go zambia go

  18. Routes

    Never give up put your head up

  19. James

    Too much praise is being poured on the senior shepolopolo and yet in this game between Botswana and Zambia l can’t see any sensible plan by our coach to win the game and top the group

  20. Godius Godfrey Kachimba


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