By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Tanzania got their COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship campaign off to a strong start on the opening day of the tournament as they defeated Comoros Islands 5-1.
Aisha Masaka bagged a brace, including the opener, while Mwanamvua Haruna, Joyce Lema, and Protasia Mbunda were also on target. Noussrat Mistoihi had equalised for Comoros from the penalty spot in the first half.
Zambia defeated South Africa 2-1 in their opener, with Cindy Banda claiming the winner a minute from time as she scrambled the ball into the back of the net.
The home side took the lead just past the hour-mark when substitute Nabeelah Galant squeezed the ball under the Zambia goalkeeper Chitete Munsaka, who might have felt she should do better to keep out the effort.
But the lead lasted just a few minutes as a goal-mouth scramble after the ball had come back off the crossbar was turned home by Taonga Chulu. It was the second time Zambia had hit the woodwork as the home side rode their luck a little.
Thursday is a rest day in both the U-17 and Women’s Championship, but the action will resume on Friday.
The games will return in the COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship on Friday where Zambia will take on Tanzania and Zimbabwe make their bow at this level against South Africa.
Zimbabwe was missing from the inaugural competition that was played in Mauritius last year.
COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
Comoros 1 (Mistoihi 26’ pen) Tanzania 5 (Masaka 20’, 59’, Lema 71’, Haruna 82’, Mbunda 88’)
South Africa 1 (Galant 62’) Zambia 2 (Chulu 68’, C. Banda 89’)
12h30 (10h30 GMT) – Zambia vs Tanzania
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – Zimbabwe vs South Africa
P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Tanzania 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
Zambia 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
Comoros 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
Matches Played: 2
Goals scored: 9
Biggest victory: Comoros 1 Tanzania 5 (November 4)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Comoros 1 Tanzania 5 (November 4)
2 goals – Aisha Masaka (Tanzania)
1 – Cindy Banda (Zambia), Taonga Chulu (Zambia), Nabeelah Galant (South Africa), Mwanamvua Haruna (Tanzania), Joyce Lema (Tanzania), Protasia Mbunda (Tanzania), Noussrat Mistoihi (Comoros)
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