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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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Magang to attend Women in Football Leadership Programme

Since the approval of the FIFA reforms by the Extraordinary FIFA Congress in February 2016, FIFA has placed great emphasis on bringing more women into football’s decision-making bodies, as evidenced by the increased presence of women on the FIFA Council, FIFA
Standing Committees, FIFA Management Board, as well as in the wider FIFA administration.

The success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 has further raised the awareness of women’s football and its unique qualities, both on and off the pitch, including the positive impact the game has on girls and women around the world.

Following these successes of women’s national teams, the Botswana Football Association is delighted to inform the media and public that FIFA has invited National Executive Committee members Mrs Tsoseletso Magang to the second edition of the Women in Football Leadership Programme. This workshop reinforces Botswana’s as well as FIFA’s commitment to increase women’s participation in senior decision-making positions within football.

Mrs Magang’s participation in the programme will prove to be of great importance to advance women’s football in Botswana. She will be provided with the opportunity to grow as a leader in football in a multicultural and international environment.

Good progress has been made in women’s in recent times but the Football Association believes there is still a long way to go and more efforts are required. Mrs Tsoseletso Magang will be heading to Switzerland to attend the 2019 Women in Leadership program from 18th-22ndNovember 2019

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