Zambia crash out of AWC with loss to Zimbabwe
The Zambia women senior national team has been knocked out of the race to the 2016 Cameroon Africa Women Championship (AWC) to be played in November after losing 3 – 2 at home to bow out on a 4 – 2 aggregate scoreline.
Zambia were trailing 1 – 0 from the first leg and needed an outright win at Nkoloma stadium to qualify to the final tournament but they were down as early as the 6th minute when Basopo Kudakwashe who scored in the first leg finished off from a rebound.
Noriah Sosala equalized in the 16th minute with a short from the top of the box before Zimbabwe restored their lead through Samkeliswe Zulu.
After the break, coach Albert Kachinga made two changes bringing in Esther Mukwasa and Emelda Musonda replacing Mary Wilombe and Martha Tembo respectively.
The changes injected some pace in Zambia’s game and the pressure yielded Zambia a penalty in the 60th minute which was converted by Misozi Zulu.
However, Zimbabwe sealed their place at the finals with an 89th minute goal scored by Emelda Musonda.
Albert Kachinga –
We wanted to score as many goals as we could but we were porous at the back; conceding three goals at home is not good enough. The defence did not do it’s job
We pushed most of our players upfront and that unsettled us. Zimbabwe used a lot of pace on the right side of attack, the took advantage of their speedy winger they had.
Barbra limped off after playing sixty percent of the game, Hellen had a knock in Zimbabwe so we could not select her for this match and Chileshe also had a knock. Those changes unsettled us as well
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16 Hazel Nali, 2 Grace Zulu, 4 Anita Mulenga, 6 Mary Wilombe, 7 Misozi Zulu, 10 Noria Sosala, 13 Martha Tembo, 15 Annie Kibanji, 17 Barbra Banda, 18 Grace Chanda, 19 Milika Limwanya
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