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πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡² πŸ‡¨πŸ‡² Zambia edge out Cameroon to book 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket
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πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡² πŸ‡¨πŸ‡² Zambia edge out Cameroon to book 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket

Zambia has clinched the sole 2020 Tokyo Olympics automatic ticket from Africa after beating Cameroon's Indomitable Lionesses 2-1 in Lusaka on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Zambians lost the first leg 3-2 in Yaounde a week ago and Tuesday's victory ensured that two-legged tie ended in 4-4 stalemate. However, the Zambians booked their ticket to Japan on superior away goals rule. 

This will be Copper Queens first ever showing at a global event.

With two away goals cushion, the Copper Queens made a bright start to the contest and found an early breakthrough when Mary Mwakapila opened the scoring for the hosts in the 15th minute.

Barbara Banda breezed past her marker from the left wing to brilliantly set up Hellen Mubanga, who tapped in the second from close range to make it 2-0 seconds prior to the half-time break. 

Cameroon pulled one through Ajara Nchout in dying minutes to set up a nervy ending for Bruce Mwape's girls. 

The result means Zambia became the third Southern African nation to qualify for the international summer games after South Africa (2012 and 2016) and Zimbabwe (2016). They also became the fifth African nation to qualify for the Summer Women's Olympics after Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

After missing an automatic slot, Cameroon will hope to make a return to the Olympics since their debut in 2012 when they face the South American side Chile in the playoff next month.

The Lionesses will host the 2018 Copa America Women's Cup runners-up in the first leg in Yaounde on April 9 before travelling to face Jose Letelier's team in the second leg on April 15.