Namibia claimed an excellent 2-1 victory away at recently-crowned COSAFA Women’s Championship winners Tanzania to put one foot in the next round of the qualifiers for the 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Namibia’s star Zenatha Coleman grabbed a brace of goals in the first leg tie as she underpinned her reputation as one of the top talents on the continent, while Stumai Abdallah found the back of the net for Tanzania.
The return leg will be played at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto, South Africa on Saturday with the Namibians in the driving seat.
Malawi and Zambia played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their tie, a clash between sides who finished second and third respectively at the COSAFA Women’s Championship that finished earlier this month.
Grace Chanda put Zambia ahead away from home, but Sabinah Thom equalized for SheFlames with the tie evenly-poised heading into the return.
South Africa, who finished a disappointing fourth in the regional competition, had no problem in dispatching Mozambique 7-0 in the away leg of their tie in Maputo.
Linda Motlhalo and Gabriela Salgado grabbed a brace of goals each, to go with strikes from Refiloe Jane, Janine van Wyk and Noxolo Cesane.
Zimbabwe have the advantage in their tie with COSAFA rivals Eswatini as they won 3-1 thanks to goals from Marjory Nyaumwe, Emmaculate Msipa and Priviledge Mupeti.
Nonjabuliso Mokgale gave Eswatini some hope for the second leg with a goal for the visitors.
Angola and Botswana will clash later on Wednesday in another all-COSAFA clash.