Botswana national U17 girls’ football team urged closer to the Uruguay 2018 Women U17 World Cup after beating Zambia on Friday. The local ladies qualified for the next round of the World Cup Qualifiers after beating Zambia 4-0 at Lobatse Sport Complex. Coach Odirile Matlhaku’s charges had a mountain to climb as they were trailing 5-2 following a heavy defeat in Zambia a fortnight ago. However, the girls put up a very brave fight outsmarting the Zambians with four goals to book a date at the next stage. Matlhaku’s side showed great determination to win the match as they took the lead in the opening 15th minute through Michell Abueng. Fifteen minutes later the local girls extended their lead to two through Esalenna Galenna Galekhutli. It was all systems go for Matlhaku’s charges from there as they did what they wanted with the Zambians who failed to respond. On the 68th minute Lone Gaefetoge added to Botswana’s tally scoring the third goal. Abueng put a final nail to the Zambians’ coffin with her second goal of the match to make it four goals. This took the final aggregate score to 6-5 in favour of Botswana. This win has raised hopes of local football lovers as the team urges closer to qualifying for the 2018 U17 World Cup. However Botswana will now face a tougher opponent as they will face neigbouring South Africa in the next stage. The two teams will play a two legged match with the ultimate winner going to the finla round of the qualifiers to try their luck to go to the Uruguay 2018 World Cup.