All four semi-finalists in this year’s WAFCON have booked their place in the 2023 FIFA Women’s world cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Whilst South Africa will be appearing for the second consecutive time, Zambia will be making their debut at the global female football showpiece.
South Africa have produced quality and an excellent brand of football in the ongoing WAFCON, beating the Champions in their opening group game and having won four out of four matches.
The Banyana Banyana have scored seven goals and conceded just two in all four matches so far.
South Africa coach, Desiree Ellis speaking ahead of their match against ZAMBIA said that the mentality for the game isn’t different from that which was adopted for the first game against Nigeria.
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The Copper Queens of Zambia are in their debut semi-final, whilst the Banyana Banayana will be playing their 9th semifinal.
Zambia beat Senegal on penalties to reach the semis, and South Africa beat Tunisia 1-0 in regulation time to reach this stage of the game.
Matches between these two close rivals are always competitive and both teams’ coaches expect their respective teams to perform optimally.
Zambians have shown progressive growth with each passing match. With preparation at its peak, up both teams are determined to win the title for the first time.
South African players are ready to give it the last push to ensure they reach the final of the tournament.
Encouraged by the growth of women’s football in the country, the South Africa Football Association said they are looking forward to hosting the FIFA Women’s world cup in the near future.