Shepolopolo U17 have made Zambian female football history after qualifying for the Costa Rica 2014 FIFA U17 World Cup.
Albert Kachingwe’s side beat South Africa Bantwana 3-1 in Johannesburg in the return leg that also saw both sides reduced to 10-men to advanced to the finals 6-4 on aggregate.
Hero on the day at BidVest Stadium in Johannesburg was Grace Chanda who scored a brace to seal Shepolopolo’s ticket to the Costa Rica finals.
Chanda put the visiting side ahead in the 40th minute but Bantwana levelled just three minutes later via a penalty converted by Gabriela Salgado to see the two sides go 1-1 into the break.
Zambia restored their lead in the 50th minute when Chanda completed her brace before they were reduced to 10 girls after Given Mukanda was sent off for a second bookable offence.
Shepolopolo extended their lead in the 80th minute from the penalty spot after Chamelle Wiltshire handled the ball and was subsequently sent off for a second booking of the day.
Ireen Lungu stepped up to convert the resultant penalty to ensure Zambia’s maiden place at the FIFA Womens World Cup.
The finals will be held in Costa Rica from March 15 to April 5.