By Agnes Amondi,
Cameroon women edged Zambia women 3-2 in a tightly contested first leg of the fifth and final round of Women’s Olympic Qualifiers on Thursday at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaoundé
The visitors went ahead in the 36th minute courtesy of the clinal Grace Chanda, in pole position for top scorer, broke the deadlock.
However, the lead didn’t last long as the Indomitable Lionesses dependable forward Ajara Njoya Nchout levelled the tie four minutes later.
The game was far from settled despite a 1-1 stalemate at half time.
Alan Djeumfa charges went ahead for the first time in the 73rd from Captain’s Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene strike. Again, the lead was cut shot a minute later.
The Copper Queens sharp shooter Chanda was at it again as she equalised to the hosts dissatisfaction.
With the game seemingly wrapping up on a 2-2 draw, Cameroon’s skipper Onguene grabbed a vital goal at the death to clinch a 3-2 victory.
The second leg will be played in Lusaka five days from today, on March 10.
The aggregate winner is guaranteed a slot to the Tokyo games whilst the loser tackles Chile in a playoff for the final spot.