Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Zambia Qualify As Cameroon Face Play off
By Sampson Adedeji
Shepolopolo of Zambia on Tuesday surprised World football fraternity as they secured the Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket at the expense of Cameroon.
Shepolopolo needed to win to seal the solo ticket available for Africa after a 3-2 defeat last Thursday in Yaoundé, BSN Reports.
The hosts began the match with intent. It only took fifteen minutes for Mwakapila to level the aggregate score to 3-3 and stun the visitors who couldn’t find a reply.
At the stroke of half time, Mubanga doubled to hand Zambia the silver bullet. Their dominance and relentlessness paid off.
Barbara Banda pulled the strings for the Bruce Mwape coached side as she was influenced the game from midfield.
Second half, Cameroon put a spirited fight. They had some chances but didn’t capitalize despite them being very few.
The result being an Ajara Nchout’s extra time goal that wasn’t enough as Zambia sailed through on away goals.
The result means Zambia became the third Southern African nation to qualify for the Summer Games after South Africa (2012 and 2016) and Zimbabwe (2016).
Also, the fifth African nation to qualify for the Summer Women’s Olympics after Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Lionnes host Chile on April 9 before they travel to Chile for the return leg six days later in a playoff for a slot at the summer games.