Botswana complete double over Zimbabwe into next round

Visiting Botswana carried five unanswered goals to Bulawayo’s Barbourfields Stadium for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers second and added two second half goals to win 7-0 on aggregate.

Preggy Manewa punished the hosts with a 59th minute opener before substitute Christinah Monyatsi stretched the matters beyond reach with 84th minute goal.

The Langton Giwa coached side seemed the hungrier of the two sides with fair exchanges as the trio of Melody Chikore, Praynence Zvawanda and Thando Sibanda ran rings around the visitors threatening what could have been the greatest of the fight backs but alas it was not to be.

Botswana coach, Tapaphiwa Gaebolae paid tribute to home side for going down fighting.

Carrying a 5-0 lead we knew they were going to fight to salvage the game. Credit to them for remaining competitive. The difference is that our girls have been together since 2010, we have gone to the COSAFA where they played in both the U-17 and U-20 categories, said Gaebolae.

Botswana next face Morocco at the First Round of the journey to India, where three teams will qualify to represent Africa at the finals scheduled 2-21 November 2020.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF)

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