South Africa and Namibia have joined Zambia in the semifinals of the 2022 COSAFA Women’s Championship following the completion of Groups A and B in Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday.
South Africa drew 1-1 with Mozambique to top Group A with seven points, while Zambia had already secured a semifinal place before their 2-0 Group B win over Eswatini.
They top the pool, but Namibia’s 2-0 victory over Lesotho secured them second place and no other potential runner-up in the competition can match their six points.
It means South Africa will take on the Namibians in Friday’s semifinals, while Zambia await the winner of Group C, which will be decided on Wednesday.
Goals in each half fromMemory Ngonda, with a superb long-range shot, and Zenatha Coleman sealed victory for Namibia, who will now hope to reach a first final since 2006, when they lost to the self-same South Africans.
Zambia had already secured top spot in the pool before Tuesday’s matches and were made to work hard by Eswatini before also running out 2-0 winners.
Eneless Phiri got the first for the Copper Queens, before Barbra Banda netted her eighth of the competition to seal the three points.
South Africa and Mozambique could not be separated as they played to a 1-1 stalemate in Group A.
Mozambique took the lead through Cidalia Cuta as she netted her second of the competition, but South Africa levelled things eight minutes into the second period as Sphumelele Shamase also netted her second in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Angola breezed past Mauritius with a 3-0 victory as Sara Luvunga scored a brace of goals and Teresa Evaristo got the other, as they finished on a high to at least salvage some pride.