By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
South Africa claimed a 7-0 victory over Zimbabwe to get back to winning ways in the COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championships on Friday.
Captain Jessica Wade netted a hat-trick among a late flourish of goals as Nabeelah Galant, Jade Leask, Oyisa Marhasi and Tyler Scott also found the back of the net.
It was a rampant performance and a disappointing start for Zimbabwe in their debut in the competition.
Zambia continued on their winning way in the early kick-off as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Tanzania in a tussle between two sides who won their opener.
It means six points from a possible six for Zambia and a big step towards finishing in the top two in the pool, which would put them into the decider on November 14.
Their goal-scoring hero from the 2-1 win over South Africa first time out was at it again, netting the opener, before Tisilile Lungu added a second just after half-time.
Tanzania gave themselves hope when playmaker Aisha Masaka took her tally for the competition to three in two games with a strike five minutes from time.
There will be no Under-17 action on Saturday, but there are two more games to be played on Sunday as the pool begins to take shape.
Zimbabwe will face Comoros (12h30), while South Africa take on Tanzania (15h30) in another mouth-watering fixture.
COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP STATISTICS
Zambia 2 (C. Banda 17’, Lungu 47’) Tanzania 1 (Masaka 85’)
Zimbabwe 0 South Africa 7 (Wade 32’, 79’, 90’, Leask 63’, Galant 75’, Marhasi 87’, Scott 90’)
12h30 (10h30 GMT) – Zimbabwe vs Comoros
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – Tanzania vs South Africa
P W D L GF GA GD PTS
Zambia 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6
South Africa 2 1 0 1 8 2 6 3
Tanzania 2 1 0 1 6 3 3 3
Comoros 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0
Matches Played: 4
Goals scored: 19
Biggest victory: Zimbabwe 0 South Africa 7 (November 6)
Most goals in a game: 7 – Zimbabwe 0 South Africa 7 (November 6)
3 goals – Aisha Masaka (Tanzania), Jessica Wade (South Africa)
2 – Cindy Banda (Zambia), Nabeelah Galant (South Africa)
1 – Taonga Chulu (Zambia), Mwanamvua Haruna (Tanzania), Jade Leask (South Africa), Joyce Lema (Tanzania), Tisilile Lungu (Zambia), Oyisa Marhasi (South Africa), Protasia Mbunda (Tanzania), Noussrat Mistoihi (Comoros), Tyler Scott (South Africa)
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