On Wednesday, Senegal won a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals of the Morocco-hosted 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
After defeating the West Africans in a close match, the Copper Queens achieved history by earning their first World Cup berth and their first semifinal spot in the continental competition.
After an extra-time 1-1 tie, the Southern African prevailed 4-2 in the shootout at the Complexe Sportif Mohamed V in Casablanca.
When Nguenar Ndiaye received the ball inside the box unmarked, the Teranga Lionesses were able to break the tie shortly after the hour mark.
Avell Chitundu’s close-range goal gave the Zambians a point in the 70th minute. However, neither team was able to take the lead again.
The Senegal team that narrowly lost to the host nation Morocco in their last group game had a few changes under head coach Mame Moussa Cissé.
For the Teranga Lionesses, Mareme Babou, Anta Dembele, Ndeye Awa Diakhate, and Nguenar Ndiaye were added to the starting lineup.
As a result of the coach’s confidence in her, Ndiaye replied by scoring the game’s first goal in the 61st minute by eluding her defenders.
The Senegalese goalkeeper Tenning Sene made a mistake shortly after the Cooper Queens struck back when he failed to stop a free kick from Lushomo Mweemba. Chitundu capitalized on the error.
When Xiomara Mapepa missed a wonderful opportunity after being brought on, the Zambians came dangerously close to scoring again.