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Zambia beat Morocco to return to U17 Women’s World Cup


A 0-0 draw in Morocco finished the job started by a Namute Chileshe-inspired 3-1 win in the first leg.

  • Zambia have qualified for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
  • Goalless draw in Morocco secured a 3-1 aggregate success
  • Final place at the global finals will go to either Kenya or Burundi on Sunday

Zambia have qualified for their first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup™ in a decade, seeing off Morocco to secure the penultimate spot at the youth showpiece.

A 0-0 draw in Morocco saw the Copper Princesses ease to a 3-1 aggregate success, with the hard work having been done in the first leg on 8 June.

The heroine of that home win was Namute Chileshe, who scored all three of the Zambian goals and is sure to be one of the players to watch in the Dominican Republic this October and November.

In the return, it was the team’s defence that shone, earning a clean sheet that ensured the Copper Princesses will compete on the world stage for just the second time in their history.

Zambia join Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Mexico, Nigeria New Zealand, Poland, Spain and USA in qualifying for the U-17 finals, which will take place from 16 October to 3 November.

The winners of the Kenya-Burundi tie on Sunday will complete the 16-team field for the tournament.

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