Thursday, July 25, 2024

Copper Princesses in an uphill battle to remain in 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualification race

The Zambia U17 Women’s National Team will have to put in extra work if they have to turn around their first-round stumble in their World Cup qualification race.

The Copper Princesses’ suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Cameroon Under-17 Women National Team last weekend.

Coach Kaluba Kangwa’s lasses are currently finalizing their preparations ahead of next week’s 2022 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Third Round, Second Leg qualifier against the Baby Lionesses.

The Young Queens and the Baby Lionesses will square off at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on April 30th for a place in the fourth round.

Nchanga Queens midfielder Gracious Tailoshi has returned to training after she limped off with an injury in the home tie.

Lucy Kajiya, Blessings Zulu and Jessy Zulu will have to find their scoring boots if Zambia will have to stand a chance in Younde.

The Princesses are looking to build on their success at the 2021 Region V games where they won gold.

The Copper Princesses are aiming for their second ever World Cup qualification.

Zambia made their maiden appearance at the showpiece back in 2014 with the likes of Hazel Nali, Mary Wilombe, Grace Chanda and Barbra Banda leading the team.

The winner over two legs will face either Burundi or Tanzania in the fourth and final round for a ticket to the seventh edition of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup to be held in India from 11-30 October 2022.

Only 3 slots are allocated to Africa at the World Cup to be hosted by India later this year in October.

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