Zambia held by Ghana as Senegal and Tanzania bag home wins

Zambia U20 Women

Three matches took place on Saturday in the first leg of the third qualifying round for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022. Zambia and Ghana shared the spoils in the goalless draw, while Senegal and Tanzania notched crucial home victories.

In Lusaka, no goal between Zambia and Ghana this afternoon at the Nkoloma Stadium. The return match scheduled for December 18 at the Accra Sports Stadium, will be decisive for both teams.

Elsewhere in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania edged Burundi in a five-goal thriller at the Azam Complex as the hosts earned a nervy 3-2 home win.

Clara Luvanga got the home team off to an early lead with her superb finish in the ninth minute before Joyce Lema increased the tally six minutes later.

However, Estelle Gakima pulled one back for the visitors in the 22nd minute but Aisha Masaka's strike on the brink of half time gave the Tanzanites gain a comfortable lead before the break.

After the restart, the Swallows staged a fightback and were rewarded with a priceless second away goal through Noela Izakoze's 57th minute effort but could not escape an away defeat.

Meanwhile in Thies, Senegal boosted their chances of progressing to the next round of the qualifiers with a 2-0 home victory over Guinea at Stade Lat-Dior. 

After a drab goalless first half, Coumba Sylla Mbodji broke the deadlock in the 65th minute before wrapping up the victory through Adji Ndiaye's late effort.

With the win, the Senegalese heads to Conakry for the return leg in a high spirit against the Guineans, who will seek to turn the table around in two weeks time.