BRUISED Mighty Warriors will hope for better fortunes when they play against South Sudan in their second COSAFA Women’s championship tie set for tomorrow at Nelson Mandela Bay.
Sithethelelwe “Kwinji 15” Sibanda’s charges are smarting from a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tanzania in a Group B fixture on Wednesday. Two excellent moments of skill settled the contest as Donisia Minja opened the scoring for the East African side three minutes before half-time, and Mwanahamisi Shurua added a second just after the break.
Last year, Sibanda’s charges fell to the same side by a 1-0 goal margin. This year Tanzania are a youthful side with four 16-year-olds.
South Sudan only started playing women’s international football in 2019 and due to the Covid-19 pandemic have had just a handful of chances to take to the field since then.
The Cosafa Women’s Championships have provided them with invaluable international exposure at a high level and they will be pleased with how they coped in the second period against a very talented side.
They were clobbered 7-0 on Wednesday by last year’s losing finalists Botswana who are on top of Group B. Zimbabwe are second from the bottom.
“It was a good game. I think we played very well but missed a lot of chances, especially in the first half, and this is what happens if you miss chances, you get punished. We hope for better fortunes against South Sudan.
The game against Tanzania was evenly balanced but we failed to manage the game. We are still in and I’m glad the girls still have the desire to do well,” said Sibanda.
With only the top team from the three pools and the best placed runner-up going through to the semi-finals, the margin for error for all the sides is very small.
The teams are also building towards the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that begin next month.