Bantwana Bag Silver Medals at COSAFA Women’s U-17 Champs

The inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championships final between Uganda and South Africa was a nail-biting affair that saw the East Africans claim a 2-1 victory to win the first title for the under-17 age category of the tournament.

The South Africans, however, did not walk away from the tournament empty handed as they earn silver medals and captain Jessica Wade crowned the Player of the Tournament for her outstanding performances throughout the competition.

From the outset, the match between the two nations was a promising affair as both had been at the peak of their game and had a smooth sail throughout the group stages and semi-final rounds and it was Uganda who registered the first goal of the match in the 56th minute. But, the Simphiwe Dludlu-led side continued to throw their weight up front and were awarded in the 75th minute when Tiffany Kortjie levelled matters.

Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for the ladies in green and gold when Juliet Nalukenge sealed the deal after her strike three minutes before the end of regulation time struck the back of the net.

 

Final Result:
Uganda 2 (Najjemba 56’, Nalukenge 86’) South Africa 1 (Kortjie 74’)

Tournament Stats:
Matches Played
: 16
Goals scored: 158
Biggest victory
: South Africa 28 Seychelles 0 (Group B, September 21)
Most goals in a game
: 28 – South Africa 28 Seychelles 0 (Group B, September 21)

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Oyisa Marhasi of South Africa lines up a shot at goal during the 2019 Cosafa Women’s Under-17 final between South Africa and Uganda at St Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius on 29 September 2019. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

 

 

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