The Zambian National Women’s football team made history when they secured a first-ever semifinal slot at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after seeing off Senegal in a tightly contested match.
The Cooper Queens needed a 4-2 penalty shootout victory to also make their first ever World Cup. It had ended 1-1 after extra time at the Stade Mohammed V on Wednesday.
“I do not believe it, by the grace of God it is a dream that is coming true,” said Woman of the Match Lushomo Mweemba via the CAF website.
“I do not even imagine in what state our parents back home in our country must be, I still think that they are proud of us, as we are of ourselves” she added.
The Teranga Lionesses broke the deadlock just after the hour mark through Nguenar Ndiaye’s header who was unmarked inside the box following a good delivery of a cross from the right wing.
The Zambians drew level in the 70th minute after Avell Chitundu scored from close range before both sides failed to find the target resulting in the shootout.
Zambia ended up winning on penalties with Siomala Mapepa, Misozi Zulu, Ireen Lungu, and goalkeeper Hazel Natasha Nali scoring while on the Senegalese side, only Mama Diop and Haby Baldé managed to convert their attempts.
Zambia in addition to qualifying for the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies WAFCON, the ticket for the 2023 World Cup which will take place in Australia and New Zealand has also been secured.