Zambia will be on behalf of Africa at the Women’s Olympic Football Tokyo Olympic` for the first time after sketch 4-4 with Cameroon in the fifth and final round of the continent’s finalists, proceeding on the absent goals rule.
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Grace Chanda’s support for the Copper Queens in the first leg in Yaounde on Tuesday showed to be decisive as they settled the only direct requirement ticket for CAF to Tokyo Olympic. The result signifies a watershed moment for Zambian women’s football (106), who is ranked 57 seats below Cameroon (49) in the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking.
Notwithstanding the overthrow, Cameroon still has a chance to qualify for Olympic 2020. The Indomitable Lionesses will now face Chile in an international play-off for one last shot at winning a ticket to the Olympic 2020. Cameroon will crowd the first leg on 9 April, while Chile will host the reappearance leg on 15 April.
With the provision of their fans at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka in the second leg, Zambia got out in a two-goal lead over Cameroon by half-time thanks to Mary Mwakapila’s early corkscrew and Hellen Mubanga’s goal right beforehand the break. Cameroon did not go out without a fight as Ajara Nchout managed to score an injury-time goal but it was not enough for her side to win the direct ticket to Tokyo 2020, and it was Zambia who was the ones making history.
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