South Africa beat Botswana in 2018 Women’s U17 WC qualifier

Staff Reporter

Saturday Dec 02, 2017. 11:00

The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) defeated Botswana 5-1 in the first leg first round of the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifier played at the Lobatse Sports Complex on Friday, 1 December 2017.

With this being a new squad, South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu gave debuts to 11 players, and they did not disappoint.

Goals from Karabo Dlamini, Thambolinye Mzoneli, Miche Minnies, Jessica Wade as well as an own goal from Tshegofatso Mosotho were enough to see South Africa take a healthy lead going into the second leg which will be played in two weeks time.

Bantwana started on a high grabbing the first goal in the first minute of play through Dlamini, before Mzoneli made it 2-0 in the 15th minute.

But a minute later the hosts pulled one back when Leungo Senwelo latched on to a defence splitting pass and pushed the ball past an advancing Kaydee Windvogel in the Bantwana goals.

Four minutes before the half time whistle, South Africa extended their lead through and own goal by Tshegofatso Mosotho – leaving the score at 3-1.

In the second stanza, Bantwana continued where they left off in the first half and increased their lead to 4-1 from a Miche Minnies goal in the 56th minute.

Five minutes later South Africa was awarded a free kick and Jessica Wade took it brilliantly to beat Atang Sedimonyane in the Botswana goals.

In the 73rd minute Bantwana captain Kaylin Jordaan was adjudged to have fouled her opponent and Botswana were awarded a penalty.

Esalenna Galekhutle stepped up to take it but Windvogel pulled off a beautiful save to keep the scored at 5-1 to Bantwana.

South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu made two substitutions bringing Holweni for Mzoneli and Micaela Nunens for Wade.

Bantwana travel back to South Africa on Saturday, 2 December. The second leg will be played on Saturday, 16 December 2017 at the Dobsonville Stadium.

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Zambian FA boss Andrew Kamanga urges sponsors to aid Women’s football in the Southern African country

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Nov 03, 2017. 15:30

The Zambian Football Association’s president, Andrew Kamanga says he wants to extend women’s football to all provinces in the country.

The FAZ boss has hinted on finalising talks with the women’s football league sponsors, urging them to come on board.

Kamanga was reacting after demands from the fans for an explanation over the U17 Women’s team crashing out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.


The failure to qualify for the global tournament comes after FAZ’s negligence in organising women’s football in the country.

“As much as we appreciate women’s league being active in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces, there’s also need to extend it to other provinces,” said the FAZ boss.

Reports reveal that the FAZ Women’s League, which covers only two provinces, Copperbelt and Lusaka, is currently run without sponsors and winning prize money.

The FAZ boss has assured stakeholders of a strong and competitive Women’s league and further emphasized the need of training women coaches and enhancing technical departments of their teams.

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Zimbawe Women’s coach wants more international matches – African Football – Zimbabwe

Sithethelelwe Sibanda, coach of Zimbabwe during the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship Semifinal football match between Kenya and Zimbabwe at Barbourfields Stadium, Bulawayo on 21 September 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 11:30

Zimbabwean women’s national team coach, Sithethelelwe Sibanda has called on the Zimbabwean Football Association to give her team more games.

The Mighty Warriors coach was speaking after their 2017 COSAFA Cup final loss to South Africa on penalties at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday.

Sibanda took the reins from coach Shadreck Mlauzi and says playing in the local league is not enough for the players in the national team.

“Mental strength is developed from somewhere. These matches are not like any other match like playing for a club locally,” she said to the News Day website.

“It is an international match, where a lot of mental strength is required.

“I would say, in future, getting our players involved in international matches would develop their mental strength and not just to prepare specifically for the tournament only and then from there we regroup again for the next tournament.

“Just keeping the players active and getting that international exposure will improve a lot of things, match fitness and stuff like that.”

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Zimbabwe coach reacts after COSAFA Women’s draw

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 11:00

Zimbabwean Women’s national team coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda says they are prepared to take on any team at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Bulawayo.

The Mighty Warriors manager was speaking after the COSAFA Women’s draw as they will meet old rivals Zambia in a draw that was conducted in Johannesburgon Wednesday.

Zimbabwe and Zambia will be joined by Madagascar and Malawi in Group A in what is likely to be a tightly-contested group.

The tournament is set to run from September 13 to 24 in Bulawayo.

On the other hand, Group B sees East African guest nation, Kenya taking on Mauritius, Mozambique and Swaziland.

Meanwhile, three-time champions South Africa are up against Namibia, Lesotho and Botswana in Group C.

Sibanda said they don’t want to put themselves under unnecessary pressure, insisting they will take each game as it comes.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under any pressure, this is a different year, it’s the same tournament, yes, but it’s been some years since it’s been played, so we just want to take each game as it comes,” said Sibanda.

“But obviously we would want to do our best in this tournament and possibly go all the way to the finals.

“We have played Zambia several times and they are a very good team. Malawi, I think, it’s been quite a few years since they last participated in the COSAFA tournament but I believe they are also a good team.

“Teams have developed because people are really putting much into women’s football development so we are expecting tough matches and we are equally going to prepare for those matches.”

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