The Zambia Women’s National Team gave away a 2-1 lead to lose 5-2 on Friday afternoon in an international friendly match away in Seoul, South Korea.
A match characterised by blunders, miscommunication and poor judgement, saw the hosts come back from 2-1 down to beat the COSAFA Champions.
The hosts started putting pressure on the AFCON bronze medalists and it paid off in the 25th minute as Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cho So-Hyun was found unmarked in the box and she made no mistake beating Catherine Musonda in the Zambia goal.
Zambia however quickly recognized and started piling pressure on the hosts, Rachel Kundananji and Barbra Banda leading the charge.
Kundananji who has been in fine form for Madrid CFF in Spain pulled Zambia level in the 37th minute with a close range finish after a scramble in the box.
Kundananji six minutes later turned provider as she squared a brilliant ball for Barbra Banda to tap in and put the visitors in the lead, 2-1 the match went to the break.
In the second half, The hosts came back with intent but were also helped by defensive errors.
Brighton and Hove Albion forward Lee Geummin scored twice in five minutes first in the 58th minute aided by poor defending and a fine finish in the 63rd minute to level matters and put the hosts in the lead.
Cho So-Hyun grabbed her brace five minutes to time as she capitalised on Pauline Zulu’s failure to clear a ball, slotting home with ease.
In additional time another error involving miscommunication between Pauline and Catherine Musonda gave Korea an opportunity and they took it, 5-2 the match ended.
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday for another match. The two games are being used as preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
South Korea is in Group H alongside Morocco, Colombia, and Germany.
Zambia are in Group C alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica.The World Cup will kick off on July 20 in Australia/New Zealand.
International friendly match
South Korea 5- 2 Zambia
(Cho So-Hyun 25′, 85′, Lee Geummin 58′, 63′, Eunsun Park 90′ | Rachel Kundananji 37′, Barbra Banda 45′)
Zambia Starting XI vs South Korea: 1. Catherine Musonda, 4. Esther Siamfuko (Mary Mulenga 66′), 5. Pauline Zulu, 10. Grace Chanda, 11. Barbra Banda ©, 12. Evarine Susan Katongo (Inonge Kaloustian 80′) , 13. Martha Tembo, 14. Ireen Lungu (Susan Banda 80′), 15. Agness Musesa, 17. Rachel Kundananji, 20. Rachel Nachula (Xiomara Mapepa 66′)
Unused Substitutes: 16. Hazel Nali (GK) 18. Eunice Sakala (GK), 2. Judith Soko, 6. Mary Wilombe, 9. Hellen Mubanga, 21. Hellen Chanda, 22. Comfort Selemani, 24. Ochumba Oseke Lubanji.