Botswana Wins Women’s Silver

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana stole the limelight on Friday as they won the silver medal in the women’s football competition at the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Botswana stunned hosts Zimbabwe with a 5-0 victory to leapfrog their opponents into second-place in the pool after the completion of the round-robin tournament.

South Africa, who had already secured gold on Wednesday, finished their tournament on a high with a 6-1 victory over Namibia.

Botswana were 2-0 up inside 17 minutes thanks to a brace from Chedza Katsibe and then added a third before halftime from Boitumelo Gammu.

They added two more in the second period as Refilwe Tholakele and Thapelo Moshe found the back of the net in a ruthlessly efficient performance.

South Africa made an equally fast start as Linda Sepotokelle scored a first half hat-trick and Mosili Makhoali added a fourth before the break. Namibia did get on the scoresheet in the opening half as Anna Marie Shikusho profited from a mix-up in the South African defence.

But it was normal service resumed in the second half as the rampant South Africans scored two more with Makhoali getting her second and Bongeka Gamede putting her name on the scoresheet two minutes after coming off the bench.

South Africa were by far the dominant force in the competition, winning all three matches and scoring 14 goals in the process. They conceded just two.

In the men’s competition, Zimbabwe sealed their place in the semifinals with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Malawi.

A late penalty from Ishmael Munsaka gave the hosts the lead before that aantage was doubled through Thomas Kadyaridzire.

Malawi set up a tense finish with a penalty of their own deep in injury-time that was converted by skipper Limbani Phiri. The win that lifts Zimbabwe to the top of Group A and means they avoid in-form Zambia in the semifinals.

Zimbabwe will now take on the second-placed side in Group B, Namibia, at Luveve Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 15h30). At the same time at the Barbourfields Stadium, Zambia will tackle Malawi.

The Zambians were the most impressive side in the pool stages, winning all three of their matches and scoring 12 goals in the process. Their neat was breached just once.

The third-place play-off for the losing semifinalists will take place on Sunday, following by the final of the competition.

MEN’S COMPETITION

Group A

051214 Zimbabwe 1-1 Mozambique

061214 Angola 0-1 Malawi

061214 Mozambique 2-1 Swaziland

081214 Zimbabwe 3-1 Swaziland

081214 Mozambique 0-2 Angola

091214 Malawi 2-1 Mozambique

091214 Angola 1-1 Zimbabwe

101214 Swaziland 1-1 Malawi

111214 Swaziland 0-4 Angola

121214 Zimbabwe 2-1 Malawi

Team P W D L GF GA Pts

Zimbabwe 4 2 2 0 7 4 8

Malawi 4 2 1 1 5 4 7

Angola 4 2 1 1 7 2 7

Mozambique 4 1 1 2 4 6 4

Swaziland 4 0 1 3 3 10 1

Group B

051214 Zambia 6-1 South Africa

061214 Namibia 1-0 Lesotho

081214 Namibia 0-2 Zambia

081214 South Africa 1-3 Lesotho

101214 Zambia 4-0 Lesotho

101214 South Africa 0-0 Namibia

Team P W D L GF GA Pts

Zambia 3 3 0 0 12 1 9

Namibia 3 1 1 1 1 2 4

Lesotho 3 1 0 2 3 6 3

South Africa 3 0 1 2 2 9 1

SEMIFINALS

131214 Zimbabwe vs Namibia Luveve Stadium

131214 Zambia vs Malawi Barbourfields Stadium

WOMEN’S COMPETITION

051214 Namibia 1-2 Zimbabwe 051214 South Africa 3-1 Botswana

071214 Zimbabwe 0-5 South Africa

101214 Botswana 1-1 Namibia

121214 Namibia 1-6 South Africa

121214 Zimbabwe 0-5 Botswana

Team P W D L GF GA Pts

South Africa 3 3 0 0 14 2 9

Botswana 3 1 1 1 7 4 4

Zimbabwe 3 1 0 2 2 11 3

Namibia 3 0 1 2 3 9 1

Source : The Namibian

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