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Botswana makes history at COSAFA

Zambia and Botswana played to a goalless draw in Group B at the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay on Tuesday, a result that ensured both advanced to the semifinals.

Zambia tops the pool on seven points, ahead of Botswana only on goal difference. The Mares advancing as the best-placed runner-up. It means the pair will meet again in the semifinals on Thursday.

Hosts South Africa will take on Zimbabwe in the other semifinal clash.

The unlucky team to miss out are Malawi, who would watch from their hotel as Zambia missed a host of gilt-edged chances to gain the win. Had there been a winner in the fixture then the She-Flames would have advanced.

The best chance fell to Zambian forward Rachel Nachula, who had a penalty to put her side in front with 15 minutes to go, but she put the effort three metres wide of the goal in a massive miss.

Nachula’s dismal effort meant she spurned the chance to move to nine goals in the tournament and take the outright leadership of the scorers race.
In the other match in the pool, Namibia thumped Mauritius 8-0 to end their tournament on a high.

Skipper Zenatha Coleman scored four goals as she led from the front, while there were also goals for Beverly Uueziua, Anna Shikusho and Lorraine Jossob.
The first semifinal on Thursday will see Zambia and Botswana resume their battle at the Wolfson Stadium (12h30 kick-off; 10h30 GMT).

It is a first-ever semifinal appearance for the Mares, who will have to be vastly improved if they are to trouble a Zambia side who looked limp in their final pool match.

The second semifinal sees two heavyweights of this competition,  South Africa and Zimbabwe paly (15h30; 13h30 GMT) against one another. These are the only two nations to have ever lifted this trophy. It is sure to be a titanic clash between arguably the best two teams in the competition.

Meanwhile, in the inaugural 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship, Zambia sealed top spot in Group B to set up a semifinal with Zimbabwe on Thursday. Hosts South Africa will face East African guest nation Tanzania in the Last 4.

Zambia claimed a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Tanzania to take the win, as goals from Florence Kasonde and Christine Kalange put them 2-0 up.

Enekia Kasonga Lunyamila scored a third goal of the competition for Tanzania late on to set up a grandstand finish, but could not force home an equaliser that would have seen them seal top spot.

Botswana cruised to a 3-0 win over Eswatini in the other fixture in the pool to earn their first points of the championship.

Thuto Radipitse, Getrude Seambala and Leungo Senwelo scored the goals for the Young Mares as they ended their tournament on a high.

Both semifinal matches will be played on Thursday at the Gelvandale Stadium, with Zambia versus Zimbabwe to kick-off at 10h00 (08h00 GMT) and South Africa meeting Tanzania at 14h00 (12h00 GMT). Source cosafa media

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BFA GRANTS AMROUCHE LEAVE OF ABSENCE

GABORONE, Botswana – Following the request by Senior National Team Coach, Adel Amrouche for leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) wishes to inform the public that he has been granted the leave with immediate effect.

Since the COSAFA tournament is the last competitive tournament for the Zebras in the immediate future, the BFA amicably resolved to release Amrouche. The affairs of the National team in preparation for the tournament, set to take place in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from 7-18 July 2021 shall be handed over to Letang Kgengwenyane.

“The BFA understands and supports Mr. Amrouche’s situation and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours,” said BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Goabaone G. Taylor.

Amrouche took over as the Zebras head coach in August 2019 on a two-year deal. After weeks of engaging with the coach over his future, an agreement was reached not to extend his contract.

Adel Amrouche

“Amrouche has been Zebras head coach since August 2019, and his leadership during that time was important to our successful development and international exposure of our players,” added Taylor.

“We appreciate all that Amrouche has done to build a disciplined team. He has always had a thorough understanding of what it takes to be a successful team and has done his best to mentor his players accordingly,” concluded Taylor.

Amrouche has since expressed gratitude towards the BFA for the opportunity.
“I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity to lead the Zebras over the last two years. I leave having picked up quite a number of valuable lessons that will be necessary in the journey ahead. I wish the Zebras success in future competitions,” Amrouche said in statement recently.

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