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Shepolopolo Qualify to Cosafa Semis after Botswana Draw

Hellen Chanda of Zambia challenged by Tshegofatso Mosotho of Botswana during the 2019 COSAFA Women Championship match between Zambia and Botswana on the 06 August 2019 at Wolfson Stadium, Port Elizabeth Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Zambia and Botswana played to a 0-0 draw in Group B at the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday, a result that ensured both advanced to the semifinals.

Zambia top the pool on seven points, ahead of Botswana only on goal-difference, with the Mares advancing as the best-placed runner-up. It means the pair will meet again in the semifinals on Thursday.

Hosts South Africa will take on Zimbabwe in the other Last 4 clash.

The unlucky team to miss out are Malawi, who would have watched from their hotel as Zambia missed a host of gilt-edged chances to gain the win. Had there been a winner in the fixture then the She-Flames would have advanced.

The best chance fell to Zambian forward Rachel Nachula, who had a penalty to put her side in front with 15 minutes to go, but put the effort three metres wide of the goal in a massive miss.

Nachula’s dismal effort meant she spurned the chance to move to nine goals in the tournament and take the outright leadership of the scorers race.

In the other match in the pool, Namibia thumped Mauritius 8-0 to end their tournament on a high.

Skipper Zenatha Coleman scored four goals as she led from the front, while there were also goals for Beverly Uueziua, Anna Shikusho and Lorraine Jossob.

The first semifinal on Thursday will see Zambia and Botswana resume their battle at the Wolfson Stadium (12h30 kick-off; 10h30 GMT).

It is a first ever semifinal appearance for the Mares, who will have to be vastly improved if they are to trouble a Zambia side who looked limp in their final pool match.

The second semi pits heavyweights South Africa against Zimbabwe (15h30; 13h30 GMT) against one-another, the only two nations to have ever lifted this trophy.

It is sure to be a titanic clash between arguably the best two teams in the competition.

Meanwhile, in the inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship, Zambia sealed top spot in Group B to set up a semifinal with Zimbabwe on Thursday. Hosts South Africa will face East African guest nation Tanzania in the Last 4.

Zambia claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tanzania to take the win, as goals from Florence Kasonde and Christine Kalange put them 2-0 up.

Enekia Kasonga Lunyamila scored a third goal of the competition for Tanzania late on to set up a grandstand finish, but could not force home an equaliser that would have seen them seal top-spot.

Botswana cruised to a 3-0 win over Eswatini in the other fixture in the pool to earn their first points of the championship.

Thuto Radipitse, Getrude Seambala and Leungo Senwelo scored the goals for the Young Mares as they ended their tournament on a high.

Both semifinal matches will be played on Thursday at the Gelvandale Stadium, with Zambia versus Zimbabwe to kick-off at 10h00 (08h00 GMT) and South Africa meeting Tanzania at 14h00 (12h00 GMT).

(Credit: Cosafa Website)

19 Comments

  1. Central power

    Go girls and conquer this is the spirit we want.

  2. James

    All the best girls, you can do it big.

  3. Mr Peace

    Did not play well today.Were taking the ball to both sides.Rachael,be more serious next time.Botswana is not Comoros. If you guys will play the today’s game in the semis,then we are out.

  4. Fedson Sinyangwe

    Weldone girls. Go Zambia Go!

  5. felix simuchimba

    Why’s south Africa hosting the two tournaments, under 20 and that of the senior tournament? Is there no other country that can’t host it?

    • Claudia

      They have the capacity. They invested in stadia during the 2010 world cup

  6. Shakes Wiza sikafunda

    Ladies we behind you never think people aint giving you support we are with you all the 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  7. Kkkk

    All the best regards to Queens.

  8. Allan's

    Let’s copper bullet them till there all down

  9. Edison

    Poor second half by the Shepolopolo . Be more assertive next time. Coach make substitutions when they will help

  10. Jms

    Well done but they should also making long passes and avoid too much short passes they should make short passes when needing to progress forward and they should avoid the goalkeeper kicking the ball when ever its a goal kick a player must do it otherwise all ball are seen going west outside the pitch but the girls have done the job well-done I know you will do it

  11. SEE MIND (MWAMPO)

    COMPTATION FOOTBALL WIN IS LIKE A GAMBLING CARRING THE DAY !

  12. Boyd Nyirenda

    Match fixing between Zambia vs Botswana ….they didn’t want to play with Malawi in semi-final…and it was obvious to see that…. so sad in football

  13. Arthur Zab

    A big shame for the cosafa as a whole if they don’t take action on what was happening in the Zambia Botswana game. That was match fixing and that will definitely kill our football in the Southern Region. All what was happening in that match, was a joke. If you don’t investigate this, then it’s better not to do this competition anymore as there is no meaning to it

  14. Man of calibre

    So far so good the performance of our Chipolopolo is quite moderate. I think In Zambia we are naturally and spiritually blessed in everything wr

  15. Vellings

    Zambia ladies fixed the match the same way they fix their faces with powder. They missed penalty deliberately to avoid Malawi but they are not afraid of avoiding sugar daddies.

  16. Yes

    All the best ladies

  17. Itx uno dougizo jr

    We need more scores ladies, all de best.

  18. mr trouble

    Good move our ladies but put more fort to mares today… we are here to supporting you girls today..by the favor of almighty God… go go go shepolopolo

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