Zambian goalkeeper Hazel Nali scored a penalty as her side reached the last four of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations ©Getty Images

Zambia and Morocco secured places at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, after victories in the opening Women’s Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.

In the opening quarter-final, held at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca, Morocco, Zambia booked their place in the last four after triumphing in a penalty shoot-out against Senegal, after the match finished 1-1 following extra time.

Senegal took the lead just after the hour mark thanks to a goal from Nguenar Ndiaye, who finished after being left unmarked inside the penalty area.

Zambia levelled ten minutes later through Avell Chitundu’s goal from close range, and with the tie still deadlocked following extra time the contest went to penalty kicks.

The Copper Queens triumphed 4-2 with Grace Chanda, Misozi Zulu, Ireen Lungu and goalkeeper Hazel Nali all scoring from the spot.

Victory ensured Zambia also earned a last four place at the women’s continental tournament for the first time.

In the second match of the day, at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat, hosts Morocco triumphed 2-1 win over Botswana.

The Atlas Lionesses took an early lead thanks to a third minute goal from Mssoudy Sanaa, giving Morocco an ideal start.

Botswana quickly levelled thanks to a free-kick from Keitumetse Dithebe, which made it 1-1 just four minutes later.

A header from Yasmin Mrabet just before the hour mark secured Morocco victory in front of delighted home fans.

The remaining spots in the last four, and two more World Cup places are up for grabs in tomorrow’s two quarter-finals, with Cameroon taking on Nigeria, before South Africa face Tunisia.