Zambia/South Africa: South Africa Edge Past Zambia to Reach Second Successive Cup of Nations Final

The Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, the venue of the WAFCON final to be held on Saturday July 23, 2022.

South Africa moved into the final at the Africa Cup of Nations for the second successive tournament on Monday following a last-gasp 1-0 win over Zambia.

Linda Motlhalo swept home a penalty in second-half stoppage time after Zambia defender Martha Tembo was adjudged to have hacked down Jermaine Seoposenwe just inside the box.

The decision came after the video assistant referee was consulted. The verdict was harsh on Bruce Mwepa's team who had subjected South Africa to constant pressure from the outset.

Noting how Tunisia had failed to press South Africa's back line during the early stages of their quarter-final in Rabat, Mwepa sent out a team of harriers with Xiomara Mapepa, Ochumba Lubandji and Avell Chitundu at the spear head.

Desiree Ellis's side were unable to consutrct from the back.

And the lack of composure that reared up during the quarter-final visited the players anew.

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They were stodgy and unable to play their patterns as tackles snapped in. appeared clueless against Zambians who oozed menace and intent.

Lubandji should have done better when she was presented with a chance after nine minutes.

Mapepa was also guilty of failing to get a shot on target when the ball was rolled across the South Africa goalmouth.

At the other end of the pitch it was just as barren. The South Africans could not even breach the penalty area and were reduced to long range shots.

Skipper Refiloe Jane had their first opening after 33 minutes but failed to generate enough power to trouble the Zambia goalkeeper Catherine Musonda.

Both sides had chances to snatch the lead late in the second-half before Tembo's clumsy challenge opened the door.

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