Poor officiating costs Copper Princesses… As Zambia lose U-17 Women’s Championship to Tanzania on post-match penalties
The Zambia U-17 Women’s national team were denied a chance to lift their first COSAFA U-17 Women’s Championship thanks to poor officiating as they went down 4-3 on Post-match penalties to Tanzania following a 1-1 draw.
Kaluba Kangwa made two changes to his team with Melissa Mutaba and Comfort Selemani coming on to replace Tionge Sambo and Bupe Banda who dropped to the bench.
Zambia’s first effort came in the 8th minute as Selemani’s effort whizzed past the top left corner. Tanzania was the stronger team pilling pressure on Zambia who was sitting back and happy to defend.
Zambia took the lead in the 18th minute with Comfort Selemani solo run resulting in a goal. The first half ended with Zambia managing to maintain its lead. In the second half, Coach Kaluba Kangwa brought in Tionge Sambo and Nandipa Mukombe for Melissa Mutaba and Margaret Taonga Chulu.
Zambia thought they had got a second when Sambo got on the end of Tisilile Lungu’s cross which went through the legs of Aisha Mrisho who later crashed into Sambo and Comfort Selemani who were immediately stretched out and replaced by Bupe Banda and Jackeline Nambeya.
With only two additional minutes left Tanzania was awarded a penalty as Aisha Mrisho was thought to have been tripped by Judith Soko but instead tripped herself, Substitute Kuku Kipanga stepped up and scored to send the match to post-match penalties.
The skipper of the side Esther Siamfuko and Tisilile Lungu missed their spot-kicks while Shelly Masumo, Judith Soko, and Martha Katila Banda scored their penalties with Chitete Munsaka saving one penalty spot, In the end, Tanzania won the Tournament 4-3 on post-match penalties.
Tisilile Lungu won the Player of the Tournament prize, while the Golden Glove went to her teammate, goalkeeper Chitete Munsaka, as the side conceded just five goals in the competition, the fewest of all the teams. Masaka of Tanzania lifted the Golden Boot trophy with her 10 goals, while Zambia claimed the Fair Play Award.
Finally, Lungu and South Africa’s Jessica Wade have been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Spain in 2021, courtesy of LaLiga, after being selected by the Technical Study Group.
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