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Rose Kabzere, 2 others make Cosafa best 11

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Tabitha Chawinga

Scorchers striker Rose Kabzere and two other players have been included in the 2022 Cosafa Under-17 Girls Championship best 11 following their outstanding performances.

Cosafa released the best 11 Tuesday just two days after the tournament ended at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

The tournament was played as part of the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Youth Games.

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After winning the Cosafa Under-17 Girls Championship golden Boot award with nine goals, Kabzere is leading the attack alongside Zambian Mercy Chipasula and Sinazo Ntshota of South Africa.

Junior Scorchers midfielder Faith Chizimu, who scored seven goals during the tournament, and defender Linda Manda are in the Cosafa best 11.

Defender Mercy Wasi has been named among the substitutes.

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Junior Scorchers coach Trevor Kajawa said the players deserved recognition.

“All the players had a good tournament. I am happy that we showed that we are a good team,” Kajawa said.

The Best 11 comprises of four Zambians namely Chipasula, Jessy Zulu, Esther Musialela and Theresa Musatila.

Four South Africans, namely Portia Masilela, Gositanga Mothsegwe and Casey Gordon, are also part of the squad.

The junior Scorchers had an impressive international debut, winning bronze after thrashing Botswana 9-0.

During the tournament, Malawi also defeated Namibia 12-0 but lost 4-1 to South Africa and 3-2 on post-match penalties to Zambia after 2-2 in regulation time in the semifinal.

Scorchers captain Tabitha Chawinga hailed the players for their outstanding performances.

“The girls are good. The future looks bright,” Tabitha said.

Meanwhile, Mwisho Mhango is the only player from Malawi in the Cosafa Under-17 Boys Championship in the best 11.

Captain Blessings Kanowa is on the bench.

The junior Flames retained bronze after a 5-2 victory over Botswana on Sunday.

Malawi failed to book a place at next year’s TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals to be staged in Algeria.

Zambia won the Cosafa Cup after beating South Africa 1-0. Both Zambia and South Africa qualified for the Afcon finals.

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