Zambia, S Africa on to next stage of Olympic qualifying

Zambia and South Africa will fly the COSAFA flag at the 2015 CAF Under-23 Championships in Senegal after both won through to the eight-team finals event later this year.

The pair will head to Senegal for the Nov. 28-Dec. 12 finals knowing that a top-three finish will see them qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year.

The duo have qualified along with their hosts, Algeria, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria and Tunisia.

South Africa booked their spot after a 3-0 win over Zimbabwe ensured a 4-1 aggregate success.

Goals from Keagan Dolly (two) and Gift Motupa took the South Africans to a comfortable win in the end.

Zambia played to a second successive 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast and then won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 for what is a maiden appearance at the continental finals for them.

South Africa also won through to the final four sides in the women’s qualification tournament, which is for the senior national teams with no age restrictions.

There they will face Equatorial Guinea over two legs, having avoided a meeting with perrenial foes Nigeria.

Victory for the South Africans will see them book a place in Rio, though they have come unstuck against Equatorial Guinea in the past. Both legs will be played in October.

The other two remaining sides are Cameroon and Ivory Coast.