For the first time, Zambia Women team qualifies to the World Cup

Women ChipolopoloThe Zambia Under 17 Women National Team has qualified to their debut finals 2014 World Cup to be hosted by Costa Rica.

The Women’s Team booked space at Costa Rica World Cup 2014 after beating South Africa 3 – 1 and 6 – 4 on aggregate respectively in that country over the weekend.

“Its a great moment for our women’s football and a very proud moment for all of us at the Football Association and Zambia as a whole because this momentous victory and qualification to the World Cup finals demonstrates the enormous strides we have scored and will continue scoring in football development,” an elated FAZ chief Kalusha Bwalya said as the Zambia U17 girls team ran riot in Johannesburg Sunday afternoon.

“Congratulations to the girls, the technical staff and everyone who has been working hard to ensure that we implement an ambitious women football development programme which we set into motion and enhanced with first ever creation of Under 17 and Under 20 girls teams,” Kalusha said adding: “Our women’s football has waited too long and to play at our first ever women championship in the year of the golden jubilee of our independence makes it even more wonderful.”

According to FAZ, a 10-man Zambia went stepped onto the Bidvest turn determined to build on from the first leg 3-3 draw.

“The girls did not disappoint as they displayed fantastic football to undo their hosts. Zambia too the initiative before South Africa leveled matters and even the girls were reduced to “10-girls”, they fought bravely to restore their lead and eventually putting the game beyond the hosts with a third,” FAZ said on its website.

At the final whistle with the score board reading South Africa 1 Zambia 3, the girls broke into the typical Chipolopolo dance to celebrate a truly historic moment for Zambian women football.

The team flies back home today, Monday, November 25, 2013.