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Zambia stun Tunisia as debutants Togo hold Cameroon

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Zambia celebrate their goal against Tunisia. PHOTO/CAF
  • Zambia’s victory takes them top of Group C
  • Togo hold Cameroon to revive their hopes
  • The top two will be determined on the last day of action

Zambia moved to the top of Group C in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after stunning Tunisia by a solitary goal, while debutants Togo held favorites Cameroon to a 1-1 draw, a result that throws the group wide open heading to the final round of matches.

Zambia are on four points, Tunisia three, Cameroon two and Togo are bottom with one. Cameroon face Tunisia in their last match of the group, a game they must win to progress while Zambia face Togo.

The Copper Queens who drew with Cameroon in their opening match were determined to clinch their first victory and against Tunisia, they had to wait till deep into stoppage time to score the winner through Avell Chitundu.

The Tunisians had their first sniff at goal with Ella Kaaabachi striking a shot from range but the Zambian keeper was equal to the task with a comfortable catch.

Plenty missed chances for Zambia

Zambia taking on Tunisia

Zambia taking on Tunisia. PHOTO/CAF

On the opposite end, Zambia had a chance when Ochumba Lubandji wriggled her way into the box, striking a shot but it was saved.

The Zambians were handed a way into the match on the half hour mark when the referee awarded them a penalty after a tackle inside the box. However, Lubandji struck the resultant spot kick over the bar, much to the relief of the Tunisians.

They kept the pressure, seeking the goal to take them top of the group and they finally found their way in with 92 minutes played, Chitundu firing into the net from inside the box after Grace Chanda headed down a deep freekick into her path.

The goal was a huge result for the Zambians while Tunisia were left dejected.

Meanwhile, Estelle Johnson scored the equalizer as Cameroon came from a goal down to play to a 1-1 draw with debutants Togo. The first-timers had gone ahead through Afi Woediku’s penalty.

Cameroon started brighter and had chances, but were wasteful infront of goal. Gabrielle Onguene was presented with the best chance of the game after being sent through unmarked on the left, but her shot flew over the bar.

Togo score first from the spot

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Cameroon taking on Togo at WAFCON. PHOTO/CAF

They were punished when Woediku score from the spot after foul play inside the area to give Togo a dream lead.

But, Cameroon fought back and equalized when Johnson headed home from close range from Onguene’s well delivered freekick from the left.

Despite pressure in the second half, the Indomitable Lionesses were unable to get the desired result and must now win their last match to keep themselves in the tournament.

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