Despite the girls’ narrow semifinal defeat to Zambia in the inaugural Under-20 COSAFA Women’s Championship, coach Rosemary Mugadza was content with Zimbabwe’s overall performance.
“With the little time that we had to prepare [with] the team, we are proud of the girls that at least we managed to get to the semi-finals,” she said.
Zimbabwe lost the opening match to hosts South Africa but bounced back with successive 4-0 wins against Mozambique and Namibia to set up a semifinal clash with Group B winners Zambia.
The only goal of in the match was scored by Mary Mambwe in the 30th minute.
Mugadza added that participation at the inaugural tournament is important in guiding the team’s preparations for future tournaments.
“It was a learning curve coming to this tournament.
“When we get back home we will regroup and make sure that we get all the players that we can have [for the next tournament.]
“About 10 players are eligible for selection in the next tournament,” she added.
Thirteen of the nineteen players selected for the 2019 edition will be eligible for selection in the 2020 edition.
Zimbabwe will play South Africa for the second time on 10 August, this time competing for bronze medals. South Africa lost the other semi-final 0-2 to Tanzania who will play Zambia in the final on 11 August.