Defending Cosafa Women’s Championship champions Banyana Banyana and Eswatini claimed victories on the opening day of the competition to get their campaigns off to a positive start.
Hosts South Africa beat Angola 2-0 in a tough, physical encounter, while Eswatini rallied from two goals down to claim a 4-2 success over Comoros Islands.
It was a successful start to a competition that is being played behind closed doors in Port Elizabeth, and is the first international women’s tournament on the continent since the Covid-19 pandemic began.
Banyana had to work hard for their opener against a resolute Angola defence, their numerous forays towards the visitors’ box held at bay by powerful defenders.
The breakthrough came after 39 minutes though Lonathemba Mhlongo, who converted a cross before the 18-year-old saw her headed effort cleared off the line. Substitute Karabo Dlamini scored the other goal.
Comoros was denied what could have been a historic victory in the regional tournament when they let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 4-2 to Eswatini.
Comoros will be disappointed, but it was still a vastly improved performance from last year, when they conceded 35 goals in three games.
The action continues on Wednesday with last year’s finalists and Olympic Games-bound Zambia facing against Lesotho.
Zimbabwe will conclude today’s fixtures with their game against tournament guests Tanzania. – Cosafa.com