Zambia will have no football representation at the All Africa Games after the women’s team joined the men’s side out of the race to reach the September tournament in Maputo.
The women team today lost 3-1 at home against Zimbabwe to bow out 4-1 on aggregate.
The result comes just a month after the womens team was booted out of the 2012 Olympic Games qualifiers by South Africa.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe took a deserved 3-0 lead into halftime thanks to a porous Zambian backline.
Emmaculate Msipa toe-poked a harmless ball through a forest of Zambian legs when it looked easier to clear it in the 5th minute.
Zimbabwe’s impressive striker Rufaro Machingura scored a brace in the 7th and 20th minute harassing Zambia’s defence with her power, pace and size.
Susan Banda converted a 60th minute penalty to score Zambia’s lone goal to make up for her first half missed sitter that came off the upright.
Football joins, basketball and volleyball that will not be representing Zambia at the All-Africa Games.
Next month, all eyes will be on the solid medal prospects of the Zambia’s amateur boxers who will take part in the Zone 6 tournament in Namibia which will act as qualifier for the All Africa Games.