Last Saturday the SA under-17 women’s team set a new record as they walloped the Seychelles 28-0 in the Cosafa championship in Mauritius.
That was the biggest score in an international match in Africa‚ the biggest winning margin in a women’s competitive international and the highest margin of victory by any SA team.
The performance was at the St François Xavier Stadium Stadium, on the second day of the eight-team tournament. Coach Simphiwe Dludlu’s team was leading 15-0 at halftime‚ which included six goals from Oyisa Marhasi ‚ who was taken off.
Captain Jessica Wade was the first to get a hat trick inside the opening 18 minutes and Nabeelah Grant scored on the stroke of half-time‚ another a minute into the second half and completing her hat trick in the 74th minute.
Tiffany Kortjie netted within two minutes of coming on in the 47th minute. She went on to score six times in the next 30 minutes. In total South Africa had 11 different goal scorers.
The previous record for a South African team was the 17-0 win for Banyana Banyana over Comoros in the Cosafa Women’s Championship in Port Elizabeth on July 31.
That is also a world record for a competitive women’s international.
The previous record score for a match involving a South African team was the 24-0 win for Mamelodi Sundowns over Kimberley amateur club Powerlines in the Nedbank Cup in 2012.
The record score in any international is a 31-0 victory for Australia over Samoa in World Cup qualification in 2001‚ including 13 goals by Archie Thompson.