Women AFCON: Zambia Copper Queens Qualify For Maiden World Cup

 

Wednesday, July 13
•Zambia (4)1-1(2) Senegal
•Morocco 2-1 Botswana

Thursday, July 14
•Cameroon Vs Nigeria – 8pm
•South Africa Vs Tunisia – 11pm

Zambia’s Copper Queens have qualified for their first ever World Cup, an achievement that comes with reaching this year’s Women AFCON in Morocco.

Zambia needed shootouts to oust Senegal in the Quarterfinals at the Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca.

Nervy moments – Zambia’s Copper Queens

The normal time had ended 1-1, and nothing could separate either side even after extra time to necessitate penalties.

And the Coppers Queens progressed with a 4-2 win in shootouts, with goalkeeper Hazel Natasha Nali the hero after saving a penalty before converting the decisive kick to spark wild celebrations.

Zambia goalkeeper Hazel Natasha Nali. CAF photo

It was a dark day for Senegal’s Teranga Lionesses who earlier took the lead through Nguenar Ndiaye before Zambia equalised in the 70th minute when Avel Chitundu bundled in from close range.

Siomala Mapepa, Misozi Zulu and Ireen Lungu also scored in shootouts for Zambia.

Hosts Morocco beat Botswana 2-1 to reach the semis, and also qualify for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It’s the first time Morocco has qualified for the World Cup, but their Girls Junior side also qualified for the FIFA U17 Women World Cup.

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