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Copper Princesses put up a courageous fight against Airwomen…Coach KK pleased with improved fitness levels

The Zambia U-17 Women’s national team this morning had their second practice match. The Copper Princesses squared off with Lusaka FAZ Women’s League giants Red Arrows.

Coach Kaluba Kangwa as usual divided his team into three small teams with the likes if Skipper Esther Siamfuko, Maweta Gloria Chilenga, Mellisa Mutaba, Precious Nsama, Florence Kasonde, Beauty Matilda Zulu, Esther ‘Gelo’ Banda, and Queens goalkeeper Margaret Chileshe starting for the U-17 while Arrows also put up quite a strong squad.

The Airwomen were the first to strike thanks to a long-range by Milika Limwaya while the young Queens responded with high pressing and were dangerous on a counter-attack. Precious Nsama could have leveled matters just ten minutes later following a beautiful cross from. substitute Cindy Banda but she was slow to react hence the ball rolled out. Nsama made up for that mistake three minutes later as she did well to shrug off a defender before slotting home from close range.

Kaluba then changed the entire team and Arrows took advantage first it was Ochumba Oseke Lubanji with a powerful shot before Aliness ‘Make Rose’ Kasoma could make it 3-1 from close range.

Later on, defender Margaret Chulu reduced the deficit with a close-range finish after overlapping from her right back position, 3-2 the match finished. Striker cum defender Comfort Selemani, Luty Kamanga, Blessed Mwaba, and Inonge ‘De Bruyne’ Muyamwa also put in good shifts.

Head coach Kaluba Kangwa told the ZamFoot Crew after the match that he is now focusing on strengthening specific departments of the team.

When the players started training, Kaluba complained about a lack of fitness but now he is happy that the fitness levels are improving.

“Mental Strength is what we want them to have, This is the second week and we’ve got only three weeks after that, I mean the girls are going for COSAFA but definitely we know that the days are very little especially dealing with young ones and recovering from issues surrounding the COVID-19, Our key Focus area now is to make sure that we strengthen specific Departments of the team from the goalkeeping Department the defense the Midfield and attacking and perhaps now they General coordination of the entire team,” he said.

“Yeah, there is that difference of course between those who have been with us because they know how what it takes and they still have those elements of Fitness around them. And this is the reason why now, we are happy to see the response and how we can measure their fitness levels. So the fitness levels will continue improving and improving it’s not easy to you know to bring in the component of physical issues surrounding the A girl child, especially within a short period of time so we had to make sure that their bodies accept the situation surrounding our style of play the style of training our ethics and principles, but now we are happy, The response is really positive for us. So the fitness levels are increasing,” he added.

The Copper Princesses came out third at the inaugural COSAFA Women’s Championship and will be looking to improve on that feet. Kaluba’s lasses were later eliminated from the FIFA World Cup race by South Africa in March after having suffered a 3-2 aggregate loss.

The 2020 Cosafa under-17 tournament is tentatively set for South Africa next month in Port Elizabeth.


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