By Andrew Jackson ORYADA Snr
The head coach of the COSAFA Women’s Championship 2021 winners Tanzania has said they are deserved champions ecause they worked hard to achieve it.
Twiga Stars defeated Malawi 1-0 last Saturday to win the COSAFA Women’s Championship title in a match played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Enekia Lunyamila scored the lone goal after 64 minutes to guide the Tanzanian team to their first ever COSAFA Women’s Championship title since making their debut in 2019.
Bakari Nyundo Shime, the team head coach told Sports News Africa that it was not by fluke that they won the title. “ We worked so hard to achieve success at the tournament. The hard work showed on the pitch because we did not suffer defeat and only conceded one goal in the five matches played,” said Shime.
The coach also made it clear that the level of competition at the COSAFA Women’s Championship has greatly improved and no team can be undermined. “Playing at this tournament has helped us a lot since we first entered in 2019,” added the coach.
Amina Bilali, Twiga Stars captain who was also voted Player of the Tournament said that it was good team work that helped them succeed. “We supported each other well and the team work and motivation was really high,” added Bilali.
Zambia also finished third in the tournament after defeating 2020 winners South Africa 4-3 on penalty shoot outs after a 1-1 draw in the 90 minutes.
The tournament which kicked off on September 28th attracted Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Sudan, Zambia, Uganda, Namibia and Eswatini.