Cameroon 3-2 Zambia: Indomitable Lionesses pass Copper Queens scare
Cameroon - Women's World Cup
The hosts came into the encounter as clear favourites, but they fought late into the game to avoid a home upset on Thursday

Cameroon will hope they did enough at home to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a 3-2 win over Zambia in the fifth-round, first leg of the Caf Women's Olympic Qualifiers on Thursday.

The Indomitable Lionesses came into the final stage with dreams of an Olympic return for the first time since London 2012, having seen off Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d'Ivoire.

On the other hand, the Copper Queens, who are seeking to make a historic qualification to the Olympics, overcame Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Kenya to reach the final round for the first time.

The two teams enjoyed a fair share of ball possession in the opening 30 minutes of the tie until the visitors silenced the home fans when Grace Chanda broke the deadlock in the 36th minute.

However, the Lionesses fought their way back into the mix when Ajara Nchout zoomed past the Zambians defence to send home the equaliser with a powerful shot five minutes from half time.

After the restart, Aboudi Onguene fired the hosts in front for the first time in the match in the 73rd minute but their celebration was shortlived when Chanda levelled matters for Zambia a minute later.

In the final 10 minutes, the two teams never relented in their quest for victory as they kept creating chances until Onguene benefited from a defensive mix-up to hand Alain Djuemba's side the first-leg win.

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With a first-leg advantage, the Indomitable Lionesses will travel to Lusaka for the return leg in a bid to seal an automatic ticket on March 10.

For Zambia, they will be counting on their massive two away goals as they return home in the hope to make history in front of their fans at Nkoloma Stadium.

The winner over two legs will secure an automatic ticket to the Olympics, while the loser will take on Chile in a South American/African playoff in April.