Women Africa Cup: Zambia stun Zimbabwe to qualify to Ghana
The Zambia Women National Team has qualified to the finals of the Africa Women Cup of Nations after they reversed a 1 – 0 home to loss to beat Zimbabwe 2 -1 and qualify on away goals.
Zambia showed determination and character to come back from a goal down after they conceded in 45th minute.
Erina Jeke’s goal was cancelled out in the second half when Hellen Chanda benefited from a Barbara Banda pass in the 54th minute for Zambia to level scores.
Banda then scored the second goal with four minutes to go, taking Zambia through to the finals set for November 17 to December 1 in Ghana on away goals rule after the match ended 2-2 on aggregate.
Coach Bruce Mwape was pleased with the outcome and attributed their success to some changes to the team.
This was the third time the two countries were meeting in the final round of the qualifiers. Their first meeting was in 2014 and Zambia triumphed over Zimbabwe to qualify for the tournament then known as the Africa Women Championships.
They then clashed again in 2016 and Zimbabwe were the better side, emerging winners to qualify for Cameroon and had hoped to return to the continental tournament when they hosted their arch-rivals at Rufaro yesterday in the second leg of the last round qualifier.
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