Morocco & Zambia advance to Wafcon semis

Morocco & Zambia advance to Wafcon semis
Yasmin Katie Mrabet of Morocco celebrates goal during the 2022 Womens Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal between Morocco and Botswana at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat, Morocco on 13 July 2022 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Jul 14, 2022. 10:47

Morocco and Zambia advanced to the semi-finals of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday night, as Botswana and Senegal bow out respectively.


The first quarter-final clash saw Zambia take on Senegal at the State Mohamed V in a game that produced a number of highs and lows.


Senegal took the lead in the 61st minute, as Nguenar Ndiaye’s looping header found the back of the net following a set-piece situation on the edge of the Senegalese area.


Zambia equalised 11 minutes later as they capitalised on a crucial error made by the Senegal goalkeeper, Tening Sene, who failed to handle a ball that was lobbed into the danger area.


While the game went into extra-time, neither teams were able to make the most of the extra 30 minutes afforded to them. Zambia walked away as the eventual winners on the night, following a 4-2 win on penalties.


Elsewhere, Morocco faced Botswana at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in their quarter-final tie. Morocco got off to a bright start as Sanaa Mssoudy put the hosts ahead in the 3rd minute of the game, as she followed through on a teasing cross into the area with a well-timed volley.


Botswana replied just four minutes later, with one of the strikes of the tournament so far. Keitumetse Dithebe assumed set-piece duty on the edge of the Morocco penalty box, as she managed to find the back with an accurate free-kick effort.


As the hour mark approached, Morocco saw more the ball and continued to press on in search of a lead. The home side then scored in the 59th minute, thanks to a header from Yasmin Mrabet, as the scoreline remained the same until the referee blew time on the tie.


Results:


Wednesday, July 14


Zambia 1 (4) – (2) 1 Senegal

Morocco 2-1 Botswana


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