The South African U-17 team thrashed Seychelles 28-0 in their opening COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championships out in Mauritius early on Saturday afternoon.
The Simphiwe Dludlu-led side went out guns blazing in their first match of the tournament and gave their opponents no chance on the day as their first goal came in the second minute of the game when Oyisa Marhasi open the scoreboard.
Speaking after the match, coach Dludlu was ecstatic about the victory which came as a special gift as she celebrated her birthday
“Today is my birthday so they decided that they will shower me with a bit more gifts. But, more than that, I think it was a great game for us and for us, we had an opportunity to teach the opponents that they are still starting, they are a fairly new country in terms of playing football at that level,” Dludlu told the SAFA media.
“We got our game plan right and we also had an opportunity to play other players because most of them (received) their first caps playing for the U-17’s. Only three players on the field have played for the U-17’s before.
“They were a bit nervous at the beginning of the game, still making a few mistakes but as soon as the game progressed then they started playing to each other and understanding how I needed them to play,” she ended.
South Africa 28-0 Seychelles
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa players celebrate a goal scored by Oyisa Marhasi of South Africa during the 2019 Cosafa Girls Under-17 Championship game between South Africa and Seychelles at St Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius on 21 September 2019. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix