The South African women’s side has moved closer to a tournament win after they defeated hosts Zimbabwe 5-0 in their African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games clash in Bulawayo on Sunday.
The South Africans now head the women’s competition with six points after winning both their first two games and can clinch the title with a point in their final pool match against Namibia on Tuesday.
Mosili Makhoali netted a hat-trick to take her to the top of the goal-scorers charts in the competition after she also found the back of the net in South Africa’s 3-1 win over Botswana in their opening game.
Linda Sepotokele and Gabriella Salgado were the two scorers against Zimbabwe, who could not muster a shot on target in the contest.
The match between Namibia and Botswana which was scheduled to be played on Sunday has been shifted to Monday.
Zimbabwe remain in second place in the pool with three points from their opening win over Namibia, and could take silver with a win over Botswana on Tuesday.
Aside from the rescheduled match between Botswana and Namibia in the women’s competition, there is also a full round of four games in the men’s competition on Monday.
In Group A hosts Zimbabwe take on Swaziland at the Luveve Stadium (kick-off 14h00) looking for their first win of the competition after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Mozambique in their opener.
The other match in the pool is derby of sorts between the two Portuguese-speaking nations in the COSAFA region, Mozambique and Angola, with the latter desperate for some success after they lost 1-0 to Malawi on Friday despite dominating large parts of the game. That match is at the Luveve Stadium at 16h30.
In Group B South Africa face a must-win clash with Lesotho as they come to terms with their 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Zambia in their first game of the tournament.
Lesotho also lost 1-0 to Namibia so will want to get back to winning ways themselves. The teams clash at the Barbour fields Stadium at 16h30. Before that the rampant Zambians will test themselves against Namibia at the same venue with a 14h00 kick-off.