Bantwana edge Zambia to seal Cosafa U17 Women's Cup final date with Uganda

South Africa pip Zambia
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Simphiwe Dludlu's ladies will face the East Africans in the Cosafa Cup final after they beat Shepolopolo in Mauritius

South Africa beat Zambia 2-1 in the Cosafa U17 Women's Cup semi-final on Thursday to set up a date with Uganda in the final.

Bantwana advanced to the semi-final as Group B winners and they edged the young Shepolopolo, who finished as Group A runners up to reach the final of the maiden age-grade tournament in Mauritius.

The ambitious South Africans found a breakthrough early enough when Oyisa Marhasi broke the deadlock off Wade's assist 16 minutes into the encounter at St Francis Xavier Stadium.

However, the Zambians responded with a strong fightback as they gained the equaliser after Esther Banda set up Maweta Chilenga to score from a brilliant finish in the 27th minute. 

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Dludlu's side made the best of the half-chances as Wade's brilliance from a free-kick five minutes after the restart sealed Bantwana's place in the final.

The win saw Dludlu overcome her semi-final jinx after she failed to lead Basetsana past Tanzania in the last-four stage of the inaugural Cosafa U20 Women's Cup in August.

On Sunday, South Africa will square up against Uganda, who defeated Botswana 12-0, in the final of the inaugural event at St. Francois Xavier Stadium.