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COSAFA women U20 2019 – Third Place Game – A logical victory for South Africa

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 08: Teammates congratulate Amanda Mthandi of South Africa during the 2019 COSAFA Womens Championship semi final match between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Wolfson Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

South Africa beat Zimbabwe in penalty shoot out 3 – 4 today at the Wolfson stadium, after both sides were unable to kill the game in regular time (1-1) to win the third place of the cosafa women u20 2019.

A logical victory for a team Who dominated the game.

In a first half which looked more like a one way train,  Zimbabwe did not record any shot at goal while South Africa succeeded in hammering 4 shots with 3 on target (5′, 30′, 43′ minutes respectively). With such domination, it was natural to see South Africa open scores through Jacobs Shakeerah a minute to half time (0-1, 44′), scoring her  fourth goal in the tournament. The euphoria was short leave when Praynence Zvawanda in Zimbabwe’s first offensive leveled scores a minute later (1-1, 46′)

The second half was a copy of the first. 6 shots for South Africa with 5 on target. Zimbabwe doing better with 2 shots on. But transforming opportunities into goals was a problem for both sides who had to go through the series of penalty shootout to determine the winner.

A trilling series of penalty shoot out with several misses as Jacobs and Warner will miss the target for South Africa, But Zimbabwe will not keep their advantage and will fall on the safe hands of Coetzee, the South Africa goalkeeper who stops the 3rd shot before Zimbabwean captain Bwende hits the woodwork to break even for both sides. In the second series, South Africa will score its 6th penalty While SHONGA ‘s miss will propel South Africa to the third place.

A sad end for  SHONGA, the Zimbabwean goalkeeper Who will be consoled by the player of the match trophy.

Andre Marie Awoumou. M

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