Zimbabwe debuted at the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship after missing out on the inaugural year and will be in action again in the Girls football competition the Region 5 Games Maseru 2020 when they are staged from December 1-9
It was a tough introduction in 2020 but provided plenty of learning opportunities for them as they claimed a single victory in their four pool matches and finished in fourth place out of the five teams in a field cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team managed a 3-2 win over Comoros, but for the rest found it tough going as they lost to South Africa (0-7), Tanzania (1-10) and Zambia (2-5).
They will have got a lot out of the competition though and will expect to come back stronger when they compete in Maseru.
The team did not enter the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup having taken part in previous editions.
Last year they endured a tough 7-0 aggregate loss to Botswana in the qualifiers for the 2021 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which was cancelled in the end, with a first leg 5-0 loss away followed by a 2-0 home defeat.
They also initially entered the 2008 qualifiers but withdrew before their tie against DR Congo.
Zimbabwe skipped the next five set of qualifiers, before making a return for the last batch ahead of 2021 as they look to grow their team in this age-group.
ZIMBABWE’S COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD
2019 – Did not enter
2020 – Fourth
P W D L GF GA
4 1 0 3 6 24
Biggest victory: 3-2 vs Comoros (Group Stage, 08/11/2020)
Biggest defeat: 1-10 vs Tanzania (Group Stage, 10/11/2020)
2 goals – Rudo Machadu, Ropafadzo Maferefa
1 – Brenda Ndarowa, Morelife Nyagumbo