Bruce Musakanya's goal in the 67th minute booked Zambia’s spot in the final round of the African Nations Championship (Chan) after a hard-fought 3-2 win against Botswana at the National Heroes Stadium.
The Copper Bullets progress to the next round 3-2 on aggregate following a 0-0 draw in the first-leg of the encounter in Botswana.
An Omaatla Kebatho strike in the 10th minute put the away side ahead, but Emmanuel Chabula responded two minutes later to level the game for Aggrey Chiyangi’s side.
Less than 10 minutes after the home side equalised, Segolame Boy scored to send the Zebras back in front in the 21st minute of play.
Chiyangi’s troops needed to score two goals without conceding another to turn the game around or risk elimination.
They pressured the visiting side’s goal and had two chances in quick succession on the stroke of half-time, but missed unbelievably through Benson Sakala and Chabula.
But with the final kick of the half, Mubanga Kampamba levelled things up with an astonishing free-kick to send the sides level at 2-2 at the interval.
Botswana began the second half the stronger of the sides, threatening to edge ahead yet again but the home side’s rearguard stood firm to prevent another deficit.
Chiyangi then brought on Musakanya in the 64th minute of the game, and the midfielder’s introduction proved to be an inspired decision as he needed only three minutes to put Zambia ahead, thus completing their comeback.
The away side threatened to equalise minutes later, but Sebastian Mwange saved expertly to preserve his side’s win.
Zambia will now face Swaziland in the final round of the Chan qualifiers, after the tiny southern African Kingdom defeated Angola.