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Morocco and Zambia have secured places at the Women’s World Cup after beating Senegal and Botswana in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

The first two of four quarterfinal games saw winners of both clashes not only progress to the semifinals of the competition slated for next Monday, but also qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Zambia 1-1 Senegal (Zambia win 4-2 on penalties)

Senegal took the lead just after the hour mark thanks to a goal from Nguenar Ndiaye, who finished after being left unmarked inside the penalty area.

Zambia levelled ten minutes later through Avell Chitundu’s goal from close range, and with the tie still deadlocked following extra time the contest went to penalty kicks.

The Copper Queens triumphed 4-2 with Grace Chanda, Misozi Zulu, Ireen Lungu and goalkeeper Hazel Nali all scoring from the spot.

The victory means Zambia will be playing the WAFCON semifinals and World Cup for the first time.

Morocco 2-1 Botswana

In the second match of the night at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat, hosts Morocco triumphed 2-1 win over Botswana.

The Atlas Lionesses took an early lead thanks to a third minute goal from Mssoudy Sanaa, giving Morocco an ideal start.

Botswana quickly levelled thanks to a free-kick from Keitumetse Dithebe, which made it 1-1 just four minutes later.

A header from Yasmin Mrabet just before the hour mark secured Morocco victory in front of delighted home fans.

And like Zambia, Morocco not only makes the WAFCON semifinals for the first time but also qualifies for its first FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The remaining spots in the last four, and two more World Cup places are up for grabs in today’s two quarter-finals, with Cameroon taking on Nigeria, before South Africa face Tunisia.

By Amara

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