Shepolopolo Zambia launched their 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign with a 5-2 home win over visiting Botswana in Lusaka on Sunday.

National Assembly striker Christabel Phiri scored four goals for Zambia in this first leg tie of preliminary round for the Uruguay 2018 competition.

Striker Lydia Mubanga scored the other goal for the home side at Nkoloma Stadium.

Shepolopolo led 4-0 in the second half before the Tswana’s launched the unsuccessful come back with Lone Gaofetpge reducing the deficit to 4-1.

Botswana had further cut Zambia’s lead to 4-2 via a 73rd minute penalty before Phiri scored the fifth goal for the home side.

The return match in Botswana is set for the weekend of 28/29 October.

Winner over two legs will face South Africa in December in the next round.

Shepolopolo are seeking a second appearance at the U-17 Women’s World Cup having made their debut at the 2014 tournament in Cost Rica.

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