Shepolopolo’s perfect run at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Cup continued on Tuesday when they beat ten-man Mozambique 3-0 to reach the semifinals.
The 2017 third place finishers, who have yet to concede a goal in the competition, finished top of Group B on maximum 9 points following Tuesday’s victory at the tournament South Africa is hosting in Port Elizabeth from September 12-20.
They will meet Cameroon again, this time in the semifinals, after earlier beating the latter 1-0 last Saturday to hand the guest team their only defeat at the tournament that they opened with a massive statement following 8-1 win over Mozambique.
It took Chipolopolo until the 45th minute to open scores against Mozambique when Rachel Nachula gave them a 1-0 halftime lead.
Mozambique, though, suffered a setback in the 57th minute when Cecilia Mufume was sent off for dangerous play.
Despite their numerical advantage, it until the 72nd minute for Shepolopolo to extend the lead when Mary Mwakapila made it 2-0.
Barbara Banda then struck with a free-kick on the 84th minute to take her tally to two goals from three matches at the tournament .
“What this simply means is we were in a tough group that’s why we are going to meet again,”Shepolopolo coach Beauty Mwamba said.
“I feel it will be less pressure on us because Cameroon is a big team, but we have also become a big team after beating Cameroon.
“But I think we have less pressure now and hope to carry the day again.”
Meanwhile, in the other semifinal this Thursday, another guest side Uganda will face defending champions and hosts South Africa for a place in Saturday’s final.