The COSAFA Women U17 championship kicked off yesterday with Mauritius winning 5:0 against Comoros while Uganda held Zambia to a 1:1 draw in group A.
South Africa and Botswana were victorious as they beat their counterparts from Seychelles and Madagascar 28-0 and 6-0 respectively, in the match for the opening day of Group B’s Sub-Tournament. The U17 of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA), which kicked off yesterday, September 20th and is due to end on 29th of the same month.
The South Africa team made history by setting a new record by scoring a total of 28 goals in a single match, beating the previous 22-goal record against Botswana (22-1) in the qualifying round. World Cup category. A comfortable win that puts South Africans with strong chances of reaching the semi-finals.
Marhasi (2´, 20´, 22´, 26´ and 38´); Gamede (19´; Wade 5´ penalty, 11´ and 17´); Tiyana (28´ and 39´); Sonika (29´, 43´ and 64´); Galant (45´, 46´ and 74´); Kortjie (48´, 60´, 66´, 70´, 72´, and 77´); Omalley (55 ‘); Noble (75 ‘); Philisani (84 ‘); and Nduli (88 ‘) were the leading authors of this “massacre”.
Entering the record books in this championship are players Oyisa Marhasi and Tiffany Kortjie, both with the same number of (5) goals scored in this challenge.
South Africa and Zambia are the only two COSAFA countries to attend their appearance at the World Football Federation (FIFA) Category World Championship. South Africa achieved the feat in 2010 and 2018, while Zambia was there in 2014.
It should be noted that only four nations in the COSAFA region have entered the World Cup qualifying rounds before – Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. With the establishment of the COSAFA Women’s U17 Championship, this number is expected to increase. Only five African nations have entered the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, with two from the COSAFA region – Botswana and South Africa. That number has risen to 12 in the 2018 qualifiers.