The South African women’s under-21 teams signalled their intentions to retain the Africa Cup of Nations with a big win at Randburg Hockey Stadium Sunday.
It was the team in green and gold’s first outing in their quest to win this Africa qualifier tournament, which sees the women’s gold medallists go through to next year’s Junior World Cup.
The SA women accounted for Namibia 9-0 after leading 6-0 at half-time.
Three senior national players – SA U21 women’s captain Izelle Lategan, fellow striker Lilian du Plessis and midfielder Quanita Bobbs got a brace apiece against Namibia with the rest coming from Demi du Toit, Jacinta Jubb and Tiffany Jones.
Their main rivals are Ghana’s women, who made it two wins from two matches.
Ghana’s women complemented Saturday’s 1-0 win over Namibia by beating Zimbabwe 3-0, the goals going to Elizabeth Opoku (2) and Martha Sarfoa.
The SA women next play Kenya on Tuesday at 2 pm.