Shepolopolo’s dreams of qualifying to the 2012 African Womens Championship in Equatorial Guinea this November are looking bleak.
This is after Banyana Banyana beat them 4-1 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka in a second round, first leg match this afternoon.
Shepolopolo looked like they were in control of the game the entire first half that ended scoreless as Banyana seemed to be heading for a rare draw against Zambia.
The hosts however, suffered two strange setbacks in the game when they lost both their first and second choice goalkeepers through injury.
Coach Enala Simbeya watched in disbelief as Mirriam Katamanda and Nelly Lumwanya were stretchered off in the 22 and 27nd minutes respectively.
Katamanda felt the pressure after clashing with Noko Matlou when they collided while Lumwanya conceded a soft Nothando Vilakazi free-kick that she turned into her own net from the near post that she seemingly hit but replays suggested otherwise.
With substitutes now exhausted, midfielder Chisala Musonda swapped her role for gloves and retreated to goals.
Meanwhile, Sanah Mollo put Banyana ahead in the 48th minute with a header from a Zamandosi Cele throw-in.
The outstanding Kabange Mupopo equalized for Shepolopolo in the 58th minute after skipping her markers and rounding goalkeeper Roxanne Barker.
Shepolopolo’s celebrations were short-lived as Vilakazi put Banyana back in the lead in the 64th minute with a simple shot past the feet on Lumwanya.
Vilakazi completed her brace in the 72nd minute via a free kick before Mollo also joined her on two goals in the 80th minute to beat Musonda.
The two sides meet on June 16 in the return leg to decide who heads to Malabo for the African Womens Championship to be held from October 28 to November 11.