Zambia and hosts Morocco both qualified for a first-ever Fifa Women’s World Cup on Wednesday after winning their respective quarterfinal matches at the ongoing 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The top four finishers in the tournament will represent Africa at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where the field has been expanded to 32 teams.
Zambia were first to snatch a ticket as they beat Senegal 4-2 on penalties in Casablanca. The two sides drew 1-1 after extra time.
📹 𝐇𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐒: 🇿🇲 1 (4)-(2) 1 🇸🇳
A historic night for the Copper Queens who seal their place in the #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 semi-finals after a breathtaking victory against Senegal! 👸
— #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 (@CAFwomen) July 13, 2022
Morocco then beat Botswana 2-1 in Rabat with defender Yasmin Mrabet heading home a 59th-minute winner.
📹 𝐇𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐋𝐈𝐆𝐇𝐓𝐒: 🇲🇦 2-1 🇧🇼
— #TotalEnergiesWAFCON2022 (@CAFwomen) July 14, 2022
The other two places will be decided on Thursday when Nigeria, who have been to all eight previous Women’s World Cups, take on Cameroon in Casablanca, followed by South Africa against Tunisia in Rabat.