Zambia 0-1 South Africa: Banyana lift record sixth Cosafa Women's Cup title

Beauty Mwamba's side's dream of winning their first-ever regional title were dashed as the holders retained the crown

South Africa claimed the 2019 Cosafa Women's Cup for a record sixth time after defeating Zambia 1-0 following a tightly contested 90 minutes in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

In the semi-final last Thursday, Desiree Ellis' side cruised past 2011 winners Zimbabwe 3-0, while Zambia thrashed Botswana 4-0 to reach their first-ever final.

Tiisetso Makhubela's first-half strike against the Shepolopolo was all Banyana Banyana needed to secure their third crown in a row and sixth overall, at Wolfson Stadium.

Desiree Ellis kept faith in her team that subdued Zimbabwe in the semi-final as she made no change to her starting 11.

The Shepolopolo dominated the proceedings 15 minutes into the game but the South Africans were organised and contained their opponents.

However, Banyana gained possession and almost went ahead through Noxolo Cesane's effort, which was eventually ruled offside in the 20th minute.

The breakthrough came when Mamello Makhabane fired into the area but poor ball handling by Zambia goalkeeper gifted Makhubela the chance to fire the hosts in front.

The Zambians came close in the second half but ultimately wasted their chances. Mary Nwakapila and Grace Chanda had their fair opportunities to change the situation but could not make a difference for Mwamba's team.

In the latter stages, South Africa missed a few strikes to double their lead but all that matters is they lifted the trophy at the end.