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Shepolopolo end Harambee Starlets Olympic journey

Zambia national women’s team Shepolopolo defeated Kenya’s Harambee Starlets to book for the final of the 2020 Olympic Games set for Tokyo, Japan.

The hosts will proceed to play at the finals following a 3-2 on aggregate with a 1-0 win at home and 2-2 against Starlets in Nairobi on Friday.

Both teams played to a barren draw on Saturday in Cote d’Ivoire and they line up on Tuesday in Cameroon for the second leg with the winner qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the loser will have one more shot in a play-off with Chile.

The Kenyans grew in confidence and showed intent to score, but Andiba shot wide after connecting well with Adam’s long range in the 34th minute.

Zambia coach Mwampe then rested Nachula for Zulu in the 40th minute with both teams failing to break the deadlock heading into the break

On resumption, unlike the first half where they were forced to chase the match, Kenya returned strongly with noticeable attempts but were wasteful.

In the 57th minute, Mweemba put Zambia in the lead as Kenya fizzled out.

Captain Barbara Banda was fouled inside the box, but once again Rachel Kundananji’s spot-kick in the 76th minute hit the post as Kenya looked out sorts.

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