Banyana Banyana Lines Up COSAFA Women’s Champs Hat-Trick

by | Jul 26, 2019

Banyana Banyana go into this year’s COSAFA Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay seeking a hat-trick of titles after claiming victory in the last two editions in 2017 and 2018.

But, as ever, they will have their work cut out at the July 31-August 11 in what is a highly-competitive Southern African region.

We take a look back at the recent form of this year’s competing nations in the COSAFA Women’s Championship to see what clues we might get as to how they will go in 2019.

 

Group A:

South Africa:
Banyana Banyana won all five games last year in Nelson Mandela Bay, which was an improvement on their 2017 tournament. It came on the back of a much tighter defence.
2017: PWDLGF12 GA6
2018: PWDLGF13 GA2
Total: P10 WDLGF25 GA8

Malawi:
It has been fine margins in the last two years that saw the She Flames not make the semifinals, especially in 2017 when they were prolific in front of goal, but battled at the back.
2017: PWDLGF12 GA12
2018: PWDLGFGA8
Total: PWDLGF14 GA20

Comoros Islands:
Comoros will debut in the regional championship and be something of an unknown, though they did lose 13-0 to South Africa in 2014.
2017: PWDLGFGA0
2018: PWDLGFGA0
Total: PWDLGFGA0

Madagascar:
Madagascar may have not got much joy from either of the last two tournaments, finishing bottom of their pool, but they did at least show a marked improvement in 2018 and that provides something to build on.
2017: PWDLGFGA17
2018: PWDLGFGA4
Total: PWDLGFGA21

Group B:

Zambia:
Zambia have breezed through the group stages of the last two tournaments, topping their pool, but missed out in the semifinals on both occasions. Last year they had among the best defences in the competition, but lacked a cutting edge up front.
2017: PWDLGF18 GA9
2018: PWDLGFGA2
Total: P10 WDLGF24 GA11

Namibia:
Namibia have missed out on the semifinals in the last two editions, despite finishing the pool play with a positive goal-difference, including in 2017 when they were bottom of their group. You feel they are not far off finding success.
2017: PWDLGFGA5
2018: PWDLGFGA2
Total: PWDLGF10 GA7

Mauritius:
Mauritius skipped last year after a disappointing effort in 20917 when they were well-beaten in all three games without managing to score a goal. They will want to show their improvement in 2019.
2017: PWDLGFGA17
2018: PWDLGF10 GA0
Total: PWDLGFGA17

Botswana:
Botswana finished second in their pool in each of the last two tournaments, both behind South Africa, but without the number of points to advance as the best placed runner-up. Can they go one better this year?
2017: PWDLGFGA5
2018: PWDLGFGA1
Total: PWDLGFGA6

Group C:

Zimbabwe:
Zimbabwe reached the final on home soil in 2017, despite finishing second in their pool behind Zambia, but narrowly missed out on a place in the knockout stages in 2018 with their six points not enough.
2017: PWDLGF13 GA6
2018: PWDLGFGA2
Total: PWDLGF18 GA8

Mozambique:
Mozambique regressed in 2018 from their showing the previous year and will want to make sure they are tighter on defence this time round if they are to challenge for the semifinal places.
2017: PWDLGFGA7
2018: PWDLGFGA12
Total: PWDLGF10 GA19

Angola:
Angola will be competing for the first time since they reached the final on home soil in 2008, but lost to South Africa.
2017: PWDLGFGA0
2018: PWDLGFGA0
Total: PWDLGFGA0

Eswatini:
Eswatini proved competitive in 2017, having the third best defence out of all competitive teams, but could not match that feat last year as they lost all three games.
2017: PW1  D1LGFGA3
2018: PWDLGFGA11
Total: PWDLGFGA14

 

Source: cosafa.com

 

Photo 1 Caption: Banyana Banyana Head Coach, Desiree Ellis, pictured alongside assistant coach, Thinasonke Mbuli, as they prepare the South African national team for the upcoming COSAFA Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay from 31 August. Photo: cosafa.com

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