The Zambia senior women national football team has qualified for the 2014 African Women’s Championship after defeating Zimbabwe 1 – 0 to win 2 – 0 on aggregate in second round second leg game played at Nkoloma Stadium on Sunday.
A 37th minute goal by Hellen Mubanga meant that she scored in the both legs to give the Shepolopolo their maiden appearance at the finals tournament which this year will be hosted by Namibia from October 11 to 24.
Mubanga also contributed a goal in the 3-2 aggregate win from the first round against Tanzania.
The 2014 African Women’s Championship (AWC) will be used to select teams that will qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) vice president Boniface Mwamelo congratulated the team on behalf of the Zambian football family.
“We are really gratified that we have managed to beat Zimbabwe who were a tough opponent. In the second half they attacked us but our girls were able to withstand the pressure,” Mwamelo told fazfootball,com in a post-match interview at Nkoloma Stadium.
“To us as FAZ the real battle has just started, we need to start preparing now for Namibia. We have only got three months before the actual tournament so we really need to be adequately prepared.
“If we look at the teams we are likely to meet in Namibia, these a re teams of high pedigree in African soccer so we really need to be on top of our game to ensure that we go there as real contenders instead of being mere participants.
“So once again, its congratulations to the girls. They have done well with the support of the Football Association of Zambia and our partners. It is a great moment because we told the nation that the girls will deliver a Golden Jubilee present and they have done it,” he said.
And head coach Charles Bwale said celebrations would last for a day after which the focus would be on preparations for the finals tournament in Namibia.
Zambia started her journey to the 2014 AWC with a 3-2 aggregate win over Tanzania following a 2 – 1 in Lusaka and a 1-1 draw in Dar es Ssaalam to book a date with Zimbabwe.