HAALUBONO: WE WERE UNFORTUNATE TO BOW OUT OF WORLD CUP RACE
Zambia Under-20 National Team coach Charles Haalubono says the draw against South Africa which saw the team bow out of the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers was unfortunate.
Speaking in a post-match interview, Haalubono said the team played well despite not winning the second leg encounter after taking the lead twice in the match played at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
Haalubono gave credit to the girls for a spirited fight and admitted that lack of experience cost the team in the 4-2 aggregate loss to the South African Under-20 National Team.
“It was a good game. It is just unfortunate that we have failed to qualify otherwise the girls played well. We couldn’t hold on to our lead we were always ahead but again (South Africa) were coming back. I think experience also,” Haalubono said.
The 2019 COSAFA Under-20 finalists lost the first leg played at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium by 0-2 and need to score three unanswered goals to make it to the next round of the 2020 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.
Haalubono has called for more international friendly matches to help the Junior Copper Queens gain more exposure at the highest level.
“We just have to play more of international games, so that they get that exposure,” Haalubono said.
Zambia took the lead in the under-five minutes when Siomala Mapepa scored for the visiting Junior Copper Queens before Chelsea Daniels of South Africa equalized in the 20th minute to end the match 1-1 at the interval.
In the 77th minute, Ochumba Oseke put the Copper Queens in the lead but the Charles Haalubono drilled side gave the lead away just three minutes after taking the lead when Vilakazi leveled matters.
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