D-DAY: Copper Queens in Harambee Starlets challenge
Zambia Women’s National Team quest to Qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics comes to test this afternoon in the first leg of the Fourth Round Qualifiers as they take on Kenya away at the Moi International Sports Center in Kasarani Kick-Off at 15:00hrs (CAT).
There’s a lot at stake in this match especially that both teams are just 4 matches away to a Maiden Tokyo 2020 Olympics appearance which has made this tie to be very tough as they rush to make it to the Fifth Round to be played next year to determine who books a spot at the Olympics.
Coach Bruce Mwape has declared his laces ready
for this match especially that his squad was boosted by the availability of all the foreign-based places who are doing so well at their respective European clubs.
Mwape is likely to retain his core players who featured in the previous round against Botswana with Hazel Nali expected to be in goal and will be well covered at the back by the ever-shining Margaret Belemu and Martha Tembo on the right and left-back positions respectively.
Agnes Musesa who is back in the team could be given a nod to start ahead of Vast Phiri at the heart of Defence and link up with Anita Mulenga who is her fellow teammate at Green Buffaloes Women Football Club.
Rhoda Chileshe is likely to lead the midfield line together with Misozi Zulu who is the Captain of the side alongside Zesco Girls’ goal poacher Grace Chanda.
EDF Logrono forward Barbara Banda will lead the attack alongside the two Recheals, Kundananji and Nachula.
Meanwhile, with gate charges waived, the Harambee Starlets will be backed by their home supporters and their Coach David Ouma expressed confidence ahead of this match and called on his players to utilize on the home ground advantage.
Ouma will rely on Dorcas Shikobe the captain of the side to rise to the occasion and command play very well as she leads the Defence line for the Starlets alongside Ruth Ingosi, Wincarte Kaari and Vivian Nasaka in making sure Annette Kundu is well covered in Goal.
Vihiga Queens duo of Cynthia Shilwaso, Corazone Aquino and Elizabeth Wambui will be the players to look out for in the center of the park not forgetting Sheril Angachi.
Thika Queens forward Mwanalima Adam is expected to lead the front line alongside Jentrix Shikangwa.
Elsewhere Ivory Coast and Cameroon who are the other two teams remaining in the Tokyo 2020 race will also be locking horns with each other tomorrow Saturday 9th November, 2019 with the first leg taking place in Abidjan at The Parc Des Sports De Treichville before the Les Elephants travel to Yaounde for the return match next week Tuesday 12th November 2019 to decide who progresses to the Fifth Round.
TheeWinners over the two legs in this Fourth Round will battle it out in the last berth for a place in the Olympics while the runners-up will have to overcome South American side Chile in a Play-Off and the winner will book a spot at the 2020 Olympics.
Fourth Round Fixtures – Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualifiers
8th November 2019.
15:00hrs(CAT) – Kenya Vs Zambia, MISC, Kasarani, Nairobi.
9th November 2019.
17:30(CAT) – Cote D’lvoire Vs Cameroon, Parc Des Sports De Treichville, Abidjan.
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