Zambia Women’s U-17 national team on Friday afternoon made a great step towards qualifying for the 2020 U-17 World Cup to be hosted in India after defeating long-time rivals South Africa by a 2-0 scoreline in a match played at Nkoloma.

Speaking during the post-match press conference, Zambia head coach Kaluba Kangwa and Siphiwe Dludlu both expressed satisfaction with their players’ mentality.

“The game was very tactical, I am happy that we won this game but I would like to appreciate my colleague here the South African coach she really played a tactical game especially in the second half. This was the first game this under 17 was playing at home cause we only played away during the cosafa in Mauritius,” Kangwa told the ZamFoot Crew.

His South African counterpart Siphiwe Dludlu described the match as a game of two halves.

“It was a great game of football of two halves as we played better in the second half, the Zambian coach had a great tactical in this game which caught my players off. We have lots of home as we go back home and hope we can match this result at home in South Africa,” she said.

“This a project and these girls are young but with time they will all mature and be able to play good football, in development football, you do not know what exactly the players will face on the field and they will have to solve the problems for themselves on the field though it is not easy.”

A close-range finish from Dorica Malunga and a brilliant long-range from Esther Banda gave Zambia a comfortable 2-0 win. The two teams will clash again in the second leg on 14th March.

The winner over two legs will face either Botswana or Morocco in the next round.

(ZamFoot Crew)


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