By Uche Dozie
The Bantwana Bantwana of South Africa have qualified to the last and final round of the under seventeen women’s world cup qualifiers on 3-2 aggregate after beating Zambia three goals to nil.
The South African ladies seemed to be on their way out after losing first leg of the tie against Zambia 2-0 nil at the Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka.
But the ladies left no stone unturned in the second leg to overturn the game 3-2 on aggregate at the Bidvest Stadium.
The South African ladies didn’t waste much time before making a bold statement about how serious they were as Jessica Wade scored the first goal in the twelfth minute of the game.
The team continued with the pace with which they started but the Zambians kept the score at one nil at half time.
Batwana Batwana came out better in the second half as Gamede made it two to put the aggregate at two after many times of mounting pressure on the Zambians.
A Galant assist was well utilised by Gamede to put the South Africans and Zambians at par in the 72nd minute.
Galant was at it again as her brace assist gave South Africa a third goal through substitute Taiwe seven minute later to the delight of the fans.
As expected the Zambians were not ready to throw in the towel yet as they kept pushing for that vital goal that could have made the difference.
In what will have been a wonderful day for the Zambians and a nightmare for the South Africans, Mataba’s ball struck the post in the 84th minute.
The match ended to the delight of the home fans three nil as Soutj Africa progress 3-2 on aggregate to the final round of the qualifiers setting up a tie against Morocco in the next game.
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