mighty warriors banyana banyana.jpgThe 2011 edition of the Council of Southern Africa of Football Associations (COSAFA), Women’s edition kicked off this Saturday with hosts Zimbabwe, defending champions South Africa, and Tanzania starting on a winning note.

In the first match of the day at Rufaro Stadium, defending champions South Africa convincingly beat Zambia by four goals to one.

Striker Noko Matlou scored a hat-trick while captain Amanda Dhlamini weighed in with a goal.

Zambia got their face saver through Etas Banda.

In the second match of the day at Rufaro, Zimbabwe thumped Lesotho by four goals to nil.

Zimbabwe got their goals through Rudo Neshamba , Tsitsi Mairosi, Kudakwashe Basopo and substitute Rufaro Machingura. 

Meanwhile, in another double header at Gwanzura stadium Malawi and Mozambique drew one-all while Tanzania beat Botswana by 3-1 in the second match of the day at the stadium.

In matches lined up for this Sunday, Lesotho playing Mozambique in the only match to be staged at Rufaro while Gwanzura Stadium will host a double header.

Zambia, which hopes to bounce from their defeat when they play against Tanzania in an early kick-off while Botswana have an uphill task against South Africa.

Three teams, hosts Zimbabwe, defending champions, South Africa and East African visitors, Tanzania have all qualified for the All Africa Games in September and are using the tournament to fine-tune their teams.

Zimbabwe were asked to host the tournament at short notice after Islanders Reunion experienced financial problems and pulled out.