South Africa defeated COSAFA rivals Zambia 3-0 in the second leg of their 2020 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup qualifiers to claim a 3-2 aggregate win and set up a meeting with Morocco in the next round.
The winner of that tie will advance as one of Africa’s three representatives at the global finals, that are scheduled for India in November.
Captain Jessica Wade scored a beautiful goal in the 12th minute after scooping the ball over Zambia goalkeeper Inghutu Muchahabali, while Nelly Gamede also managed to beat the keeper in the 72nd minute.
Substitute Kananelo Taiwe won a loose ball and put the final nail on the coffin in the 79th minute.
“Congratulations to the players,” South Africa head coach Simphiwe Dludlu. “They earned this win because they played for each other.
“After our first leg we told the players that this result was up to them. We made sure that they studied the match and saw where we had positive moments and negative moments.
“We had to ensure that we contained Zambia and more importantly convert our chances, which we did.”
The two-legged final round of the qualifiers is scheduled to be played in May.
South Africa are the last remaining COSAFA side in the competition after Botswana decided against travelling to Morocco over fears around the Coronavirus outbreak.