Oyisa Marhasi scored a first-half double hattrick and substitute Tiffany Kortjie repeated the feat in the second half as South Africa’s under-17 women’s team shattered all previous COSAFA records in an unprecedented 28-0 win over the Seychelles on the second day of the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship at the St. François Xavier Stadium on Saturday.
It came after Yaone Modise and Christinah Monyatsi both scored twice to lead Botswana to a one-sided 6-0 drubbing of Madagascar in the opening Group B outing.
South Africa’s one-sided victory significantly betters the record 17-0 scoreline that the country’s senior women’s side set just over one month ago when they defeated Comoros at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth.
Captain Jessica Wade, Nabeelah Galant and Sonika Mzingeli scored hattricks too as 11 players got their names on the scoresheet as South Africa romped to a 15-0 lead at half-time with coach Simphiwe Dludlu’s new-look line-up showing little mercy to their rookie opponents.
It took almost 20 minutes before Botswana broke the deadlock against Madagascar in the opening game on a cloudy day in Mauritius as defender Serati Modisenyane showed the way.
Modise then grabbed the second with an impressive shot from outside the penalty area to ensure a 2-0 lead for the Batswana, who had to weather some pressure from Madagascar to hold onto their advantage at the break.
But in the second half it proved largely one-sided as Monyatsi made it 3-0 after 58 minutes and Modise notched her second goal with some 11 minutes left on the clock.
Substitute Bofelo Rantsho added her name to the scoresheet with just two minutes remaining but the final act of the game fell to Monyatsi for a resounding ‘six of the best’.
Host Mauritius headline the action at the St. François Xavier Stadium on Sunday when they look to pick up where they left off on the opening day on Friday.
Mauritius started the tournament with an impressive 5-1 win over fellow Indian Ocean islanders Comoros but will likely face much stiffer opposition when they meet guest competitors Uganda (15h30 kick-off; 13h30 GMT).
Uganda drew 1-1 with Zambia in their opening game on Friday, making this a key encounter for both sides if they are to advance to the semi-finals.
The earlier game in Group A sees Comoros tackle Zambia (12h30; 10h30 GMT) at the same venue, in what is likely to be a damage imitation exercise for the young islanders.
Botswana 6 (Serati Modisenyane 19’, Yaone Modise 28’, 79’, Christinah Monyatsi 58’, 89’, Bofelo Rantsho 88’)Madagascar 0
Seychelles 0 South Africa 28 (Oyisa Marhasi 2’, 21’, 22’, 27’, 39’, 43’, Jessica Wade 5’ pen, 12’, 18’, Nelly Gamede 19’, Tiyana Carollissen 30’, 40’, Sonika Mzingeli 31’, 44’, 64’, Nabeelah Galant 45 +1’, 46’, 74’, Tiffany Kortjie 47’, 60’, 66’, 71’, 72’, 77’, Shakira O’Malley 55’, Christy Noble 75’, Hlela Philisani 85’, Yolanda Ndluli 89’)
Comoros vs Zambia (KO 12h30, 10h30 GMT) – St. François Xavier Stadium
Uganda vs Mauritius (KO 15h30, 13h30 GMT) – St. François Xavier Stadium