2018 AWCON: End of the road for Zambia
South Africa 1 – 1 Zambia
Zambia bowed out of the ongoing Total Women Africa Cup of Nations after playing out to a 1 – 1 draw against South Africa.
Bruce Mwape’s charges need an outright win to have a chance of making it to the semi finals but they made a poor start to the game and conceded in the 8th minute.
Star striker Rachael Kundananji kept Zambia’s hopes alive when she calmly pounced on a through ball to expertly finish off a good move for Zambia’s equalizer in the 10th minute.
The Bruce Mwape mentored lasses were pushing from a second from then on but it was a tough evening against the formidable Banyana Banyana.
South Africa controlled most of the possession in the second half and could have added their advantage but for the brilliance of Hazel Nali in goal.
Zambia return home with one win, one loss and a draw with the highlight being their 5 – 0 thumping of Equatorial Guinea in the opening match.
In the other match of the group, defending champions Nigeria annihilated Equatorial Guinea 6 – 0.
South Africa top the group on 7 points, Nigeria 6 points, Zambia 4 points while Equatorial Guinea return home without a point.
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Hazel Nali (16) Lushomo Mweemba (3) Judith Zulu (4) Anita Mulenga (5) Margret Belemu (8) Rachel Kundananji (9) Grace Chanda (10) (Avell Chitundu) Ireen Lungu (12) (Agness Masesa) Martha Tembo (13) Helen Chanda (14) Mary Mwakapila (17)
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