Zambia National Women’s Under-17 Coach Kaluba Kangwa has declared his lasses ready for this Friday’s India 2020 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup Qualifier Match Against South Africa slated for Nkoloma Stadium.

Speaking in an interview with the ZamFoot Crew after their training session at Nkoloma Stadium, Kangwa said the team is ready for the game because they have been preparing for a long period of time.

“The team is ready, the Technical Staff and the girls too are looking forward to the game which we have been preparing for some time now. This makes us extremely happy to see that the girls, the fans, the parents and coaches from different teams in the communities and the people, in general, are all looking forward to the game so we can assure them that the girls are ready for the game,” he said.

Coach Kangwa has maintained a number of players who were part of his team at last year’s COSAFA Tournament in Mauritius where they walked away with Bronze Medals and he believes that is also a motivating factor for the girls being mentally ready and would want his lasses to break the barrier of overcoming South Africa who has been dominant in the Southern Region. And has tasked the girls to make their own record.

“Mentally the girls are ready because they have played so many games and the ones they had at the 2019 COSAFA Tournament is a motivating factor and the majority of the girls we have in the team are coming from that experience so we expect their mental aspect to be strong,” he said.

“We have been mentally the girls to be strong especially that South Africa has been dominating Women’s Football in the Southern Part of Africa but of course we are behind them and we have been pushing extremely hard such that the girls have to make sure they start making their own record and remember if a team is not winning they wong be remembered and that’s what we have been telling the girls that they have to live the Legacy which is breaking down the barrier of beating South Africa.”

Playing at home sometimes comes with pressure but the Young Copper Queens gaffer feels because of hard work from the technical team and the girls they have a team that can beat South Africa.

“There is always pressure playing at home but we are Calming our girls to take it easy, to enjoy and have fun because this opportunity does not only come from nowhere but it comes as a result of hard work and they have been doing that. We are Mentally, Technically and Tactically prepared, above all we have a team that can beat South Africa.”

The trio of Cindy BandisMiriam, Mariam are out injured and won’t be part of the team and Kangwa said their intelligence and contribution will be missed but he assured that their replacements are doing fine.

Coach Kangwa will rely on the likes of Dorica Malinga and Florence Kasonde to score much-needed goals and he said they have done their best in the Frontline and has assured that his strikers will rise to the occasion.

“We have done our best in terms of preparing them and strikers are ready and we can assure you that our strikers are going to do a very good job.”

Kangwa who is also Bauleni United Sports Academy Coach has called on loving soccer Zambians, Coaches, players including parents to turn up in numbers and support a girl child this Friday.

“If there’s one thing I can ask for from the fans is for them to come in numbers and support their children and Girls,” Kangwa told the ZamFoot Crew in an interview.

“The fans should be there for the team, sometimes without the home fans the children may feel miserable but we want them to be there to support the children and the girl child and also for Women’s football in Zambia. We are also calling upon the parents, the coaches in our communities and the girls that play the games itself in different teams and clubs to be there and watch and support their because one day it will be their opportunity to play for the National Team but we need Women to support Women Programs,” he concluded.

The Junior Copper Queens and Bantwana will lock horns this Friday, 28th February 2020 at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium for the India 2020 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup Qualifier Match first leg and will travel to South Africa on the 14th March 2020 for the return match with the winner over two legs progressing to the next round.

The Match will kick-off at 15:00hrs and charges have been pegged at K50 for Grandstand while the open wing is fetching at K10.

(ZamFoot Crew)


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