By Uche Dozie & Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writers, kick442.com–Nigeria
Cosafa Women’s Championship title holders Banyana Banyana got off to a winning start in today’s tournament opener against Angola.
The South African female national team scored two goals without any reply to beat Angola.
Despite continues pressure piled up by South Africa, a resolute Angola team with brilliant goalkeeping kept the game at goalless up until the 38th minutes.
The 39th minutes came the goal as the Banyana Banyana broke the deadlock through a brilliantly worked Lonathemba Mhlongo goal.
The match remained 1-0 at half time despite the intensity by the South African ladies.
The icing on the cake came in the 60th minutes when substitute Karabo Dhlamini scored to make it 2 nil.
Meanwhile, Estwani also got to a flying start as they produced a brilliant comeback to beat Comoros 4-2 in an earlier match.
15 minutes into the game Comoros were up with a goal from Hairyat curls in a shot from 25-yards that left the Eswatini keeper with no chance.
Anlaouia Hadhiroimi made it two for Comoros in the 53rd minutes, but Dlamini’s goal started the come back for the Eswatini.
In the 75th minutes it was already 2-2 as Mgcamphalala out the score at par.
With the momentum on their side, Eswatini ladies pushed forward and got the third goal in the 87thh minutes through Nonjabuliso.
Dlamini’s brace in the 90th minutes completed an exciting come back for the Eswatini to end the game 4-2.
The action continues on Wednesday when last year’s finalists Zambia begin their Group B campaign against Lesotho (kick-off 12h30).
Zambia, who have qualified for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, came close to lifting the trophy last year and will be desperate to go one better, as well as show their continued improvement.
The second game of the day sees the return of Zimbabwe as they take on East African guest nation Tanzania (kick-off 15h30).
Zimbabwe did not participate last year but were 2011 champions and the only team other than South Africa to so far lift the trophy.
Wednesday will also see the start of the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship that will also be played in Nelson Mandela Bay.
The second edition of the competition is to be played among five sides, with the tournament opener between Comoros and Tanzania (kick-off 12h30).
South Africa and Zambia will contest the second match (kick-off 15h30), with Zimbabwe the other side in the competition.
COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
Eswatini 4 (P. Dlamini 65′, 90’, Ngcamphalala 75’, Nonjabuliso 87′) Comoros Islands 2 (Hairyat 18’, Hadhirami 53’)
South Africa 2 (Mhlongo 39’, Dlamini 60’) Angola 0
12h30 (10h30 GMT) – Zambia vs Lesotho – Wolfson Stadium
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – Zimbabwe vs Tanzania – Wolfson Stadium
GROUP A P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Eswatini 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
South Africa 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
Comoros Islands 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0
Angola 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
GROUP B P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Zambia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lesotho 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malawi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GROUP C P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Zimbabwe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tanzania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Botswana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matches Played: 2
Goals scored: 8
Biggest victory: Eswatini 4 Comoros Islands 2 (Group A, November 3)
Most goals in a game: 6 – Eswatini 4 Comoros Islands 2 (Group A, November 3)
2 goals – Phumzile Dlamini (Eswatini)
1 – Karabo Dlamini (South Africa), Anllaouia Hadhirami Ali (Comoros Islands), Abdourahmane Hairyat (Comoros Islands), Lonathemba Mhlongo (South Africa), Tenanile Ngcamphalala (Eswatini), Mokgale Nonjabuliso (Eswatini)
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