East African guest nation Uganda and Zambia sealed their places in the semifinals of the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship with emphatic victories in the final round of Group A matches on Tuesday.
Both teams finish on seven points, but Uganda will head the pool via a better goal-difference after the head-to-head fixture between the sides finished 1-1 on the opening day.
Uganda thumped Comoros Islands 20-0 in their fixture as captain Juliet Nalukenge netted seven goals to take her tally in the competition to 14 and the top of the scorers charts.
Uganda led 14-0 at the break as they ran riot in the opening half, with Margret Kunihira scoring five goals in the match, and Shakira Nyinagahirwa and Fauzia Najjemba (four goals) also managing to net hat-tricks in what was an emphatic display from the guests.
The East Africans will now wait for Wednesday’s final round of Group B fixtures to find out who they will play in the semifinals.
The same is true for Zambia, who dispatched host nation Mauritius with a 8-0 victory as Florence Kasonde bagged a hat-trick. Tisilile Lungu, Maweta Chilenga, Comfort Selemani (two) and Cindy Banda were also on target.
South Africa will secure top spot if they get a point in their final Group B clash against Madagascar at the St. François Xavier Stadium on Wednesday (kick-off 15h00 local time; 11h00 GMT).
The Malagasy would then need to hope that the Seychelles beat Botswana, which seem unlikely given how the tournament has gone for the latter so far. That match is at the Anjalay Stadium at the same time.
If both Botswana and Madagascar win, that would leave them on six points along with South Africa, and create a mini-league between the teams of matches played between them to determine which two teams finish top.
Seychelles may just be hoping they can get a goal having been the only team to go scoreless in the competition so far, while conceding 44 goals in their two games to date.
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Comoros 0 Uganda 20 (Kunihira 2′, 3′, 22′, 25′, 61’, Nalukenge 10’pen, 19′, 26′, 31′, 34′, 54’, 90’pen, Nyinagahirwa 31′, 38′, 44′, Akadinda 45′, Najjemba 45′, 77’, 79’, 84’)
Zambia 8 (Kasonde 7′, 64’, 81’pen, T. Lungu 25′, Chilenga 41′, C. Banda 44′, Selemani 85’, 86’) Mauritius 0
Seychelles vs Botswana (KO 15h00) – Anjalay Stadium
Madagascar vs South Africa (KO 15h00) – St. François Xavier Stadium
Group A P W D L GF GA Pts
Uganda (Q) 3 2 1 0 32 1 7
Zambia (Q) 3 2 1 0 24 1 7
Mauritius 3 1 0 2 5 20 3
Comoros 3 0 0 3 1 40 0
Group B P W D L GF GA Pts
South Africa 2 2 0 0 33 1 6
Botswana 2 1 0 1 7 5 3
Madagascar 2 1 0 1 16 6 3
Seychelles 2 0 0 2 0 44 0
Matches Played: 10
Goals scored: 118
Biggest victory: South Africa 28 Seychelles 0 (Group B, September 21)
Most goals in a game: 28 – South Africa 28 Seychelles 0 (Group B, September 21)
14 goals – Juliet Nalukenge (Uganda)
8 – Oyisa Marhasi (South Africa)
7 – Florence Kasonde (Zambia)
6 – Alinah Lalasoa (Madagascar), Tiffany Kortjie (South Africa), Margret Kunihira, Fauzia Najjemba (both Uganda)
4 – Jessica Wade (South Africa), Shelly Masumo, Cindy Banda (both Zambia)
3 – Lydia Razanajohary (Madagascar), Tiyana Carollissen, Nabeelah Galant, Sonika Mzingeli (all South Africa), Shakira Nyinagahirwa (Uganda), Tisilile Lungu (Zambia)
2 – Yaone Modise, Christinah Monyatsi (both Botswana), Jenny Randriamialimanantsoa, Marie Raveloarisoa (Madagascar), Jerusha Ramasawmy (Mauritius), Sonika Mzingeli, Christy Noble (both South Africa), Maweta Chilenga, Comfort Selemani (both Zambia)
1 – Serati Modisenyane, Bofelo Rantsho (both Botswana), Moinahedji Ali (Comoros), Iloala Aniera, Laurencia Raheriarisoa, Charline Rondromalala (Madagascar), Marie Quirin, Marie Verloppe (both Mauritius), Nelly Gamede, Yolanda Ndluli, Shakira O’Malley, Hlela Philisani (all South Africa), Stella Musibika, Daphine Nyayenga, Gillian Akadinda (all Uganda), Esther Banda (Zambia)
Own goal – Soukaina. Maenfou (Comoros)