Gladiators out of Cosafa as Juniors lose 5-0 to SA

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The Brave Gladiators hopes of making into the last four of the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship dissipated with a 2-1 defeat to Lesotho in the final group C game while the Baby Gladiators lost 5-0 at South Africa in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Sunday afternoon.

The senior national women team, the Brave Gladiators had to win on Sunday against Lesotho to stand at least a chance of making it through as the best runner-up into the semi-finals but after taking the lead against Lesotho through Anna Shikusho, the Basotho ladies rallied back to take the tie through two goals by Boitumelo Rabele.

South Africa were minutes from defeat against Botswana, but were rescued by an equaliser from Chantelle Esau after Refilwe Tholakele had given the Lady Zebras the lead. South Africa has made it to the semi-finals to face Zambia, Group A winners, while Botswana finished second in group C on four points, one ahead of Namibia and Lesotho.

Zambia finished top of Group A with a comprehensive 7-1 victory over Madagascar and Zambia and South Africa will now meet in Thursday’s first semifinal, but the identity of the other two sides in the Last Four will only be revealed after Monday’s final pool matches.

Host Zimbabwe had to settle for second place in the Group A pool after a last-minute goal from Tabitha Chawinga earned a 3-3 draw for Malawi. Zimbabwe have five points from their three matches and must now wait to see what happens in the Group B clash between Kenya and Swaziland on Monday. A Swaziland win will take them and the Kenyans through to the semifinals, but a draw or a Kenyan win and Zimbabwe will advance as the best-placed runner-up from the pool stages.

Monday will see the completion of Group B. Aside from the crunch fixture between Kenya and Swaziland at Barbourfields Stadium (14h00 local; 12h00 GMT), Mauritius and Mozambique will play for pride in the other game that kicks-off at the same time at the Luveve Stadium.

At the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg, the Young Gladiators lost 5-0 to South Africa in their 2018 FIFA Women Under-20 World Cup and will have it all to do in their second round match scheduled for the Sam Nujoma Stadium, 16h00, 1 October 2017.