A 2-1 victory was enough for Bantwana to progress to the final of the inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championships, as the Simphiwe Dludlu-led team beat Zambia in the second semi-final match on Friday, 27 September in Mauritius.

The captain of the South African U-17 side, Jessica Wade earned her second player of the match award in the tournament after her emphatic performance that saw her direct free-kick goal seal the deal for team.

Head coach Dludlu has said that both teams put out a good performance on matchday and both stuck to the plans that were put in place.

“I have a headache (Dludlu laughed). It was a great game of football. I think both teams applied themselves very well, we both had game plans and we stuck to them. Somewhere we were tested, and we had to find a way to come up with answers,” Dludlu told the press after the match.

“At some point when they (Zambia) equalised I thought to myself is this déjà vu again, but I’ve got a group of girls that are always anxious, and that anxiety is good, it makes them go out and work harder.

“They listen to instructions and they applied themselves and I see them growing in their game because I see that they wanted it and that’s how they also got to get it (the win). It was a great game, tough also from Zambia,” she added.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them because they played up to the last minute,” she ended.

Bantwana will face Uganda on Sunday, 29 September in the final of the 2019 COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championships.



Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s U-17 captain, Jessica Wade was influential in the team’s 2-1 semi-final victory against Zambia on Friday, 27 September, 2019 and have progressed to the final against Uganda on Sunday in Mauritius. Photo: COSAFA Media



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