For Van Wyk’s it was a 150th international appearance, extending her record as the most capped player from Africa of all time
BANYANA BANYANA sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Cosafa Women’s Championship yesterday, but there was no such joy for Zimbabwe and they were edged to top spot in Group C by east African guest nation Uganda.
Zimbabwe will face an anxious wait to see if they will qualify for the semi-finals as the best-placed runner-up, though they would need an unlikely set of results to go their way.
Banyana were dominant in their 6-0 victory over Malawi, with coach Desiree Ellis playing the Houston Dash trio of Janine van Wyk, Linda Motlhalo and Thembi Kgatlana.
For Van Wyk’s it was a 150th international appearance, extending her record as the most capped player from Africa of all time.
The hosts took the lead on 11 minutes when Kgatlana teed-up Motlhalo on the edge of the box and the latter fired home with a pinpoint shot.
Khanya Xesi moved to joint top of the scorer’s charts in the tournament with a brace, the first taking advantage of a mix-up at the back for Malawi, and the second an easy tap-in after she was set-up by Kgaelebane Mohlakoana.
Mohlakoana had grabbed a goal of her own just after half-time with a shot after Malawi had failed to clear a cross.
Motlhalo capped a superb individual display with two late goals, the first again set up by the pacey Kgatlana, as she joined Xesi and Cameroon’s Mpeh Bissong at the top of the scorer’s charts.
Botswana played to a 0-0 draw with Madagascar in their final Group A game as they were knocked out of the competition.
Uganda sealed a surprise 2-1 win over last year’s beaten finalists Zimbabwe, with the latter missing numerous chances and being denied by the brilliance of opposing goalkeeper Ruth Atoru.
Uganda took the lead in the second half as Juliet Nalukenge was allowed too much space in the box and she was able to turn and bundle the ball home.
The Ugandans doubled that advantage when Zimbabwe keeper Chido Dzingirai failed to collect a cross and captain Tracey Akiror headed home a second. Makore grabbed a lifeline for Zimbabwe when she bundled home a late goal at the back post following Mavis Chirandu’s corner, but it proved too little, too late.
Zimbabwe have six points from their three matches with a positive goal difference of three, and they will hope that guest nation Cameroon don’t defeat Lesotho in their final match today as they already are on a positive goal difference of six after their thumping 8-1 success over Mozambique earlier in the competition.