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Zambia U17 Women’s National team coach applauds improvement in midfield

The Zambia Women’s Under 17 coach Kaluba Kangwa says his team has made significant improvement during the course of the tournament. Kaluba said he has observed improvement in the midfield and said his team was playing according to instructions from the technical bench.

Kangwa was speaking after watching his team humiliate the hosts Mauritius 8-0 in the final group A encounter to book a semifinal slot. Florence Kasonde bagged a hat-trick, Comfort Selemani netted a brace while Tisilile Lungu, Maweta Chilenga, and Cindy Banda chipped in with a goal each.

“We could see some improvement in specific areas, this is the midfield area. We could see the girls were playing according to instructions, which is very important,” Kangwa said.

Kangwa said the technical bench will work on the striking force going into the next match against South Africa in the semi-finals. He said he was concerned that his side missed some chances that they could have easily scored.

“We have got a lot of work to do in the finishing part. We want to make sure that we can utilize the little opportunities that we have into goals and I’m surely progressing to the semifinals, should have a lethal striking force from our side,” he said.

On the next opponents for the junior Copper Queens, South Africa, Kangwa said he was happy to meet one of the best teams in the tournament. Kangwa said he was expecting tough match from the South Africans and stressed that his team will prepare adequately ahead of the match.

“I’m happy that we are going to meet South Africa because if you want to be the best, you have to meet the best as well and that is what is important. We will learn from them and they will learn from us and Africa will continue developing were women’s football is concerned,” Kangwa said.

The Zambian coach said he is going to work on the tactical aspect of the match before the Copper Queens take on South Africa.

“Tactically, that is the only thing that we need to improve and that’s the only thing that we are going to work on. Tactically how do we approach the strengths and weaknesses of South Africa? I can’t say much because I know South Africa will be on us and they know that Zambia is coming. It will be a good match,” he said.

Kangwa said he was happy with the group his side was placed in. Zambia played their opening Group A match against Uganda, and drew 1-all before thrashing Comoros 15-nil and demolished the host nation by 8 goals to nil.

Kangwa also commended the host nation for the marked improvement in their game. He encouraged them to keep playing as they would be a formidable side with time. Mauritius ended the match with 10 players on the pitch, following the depletion of all subs and injuries.

Zambia U17 finished second in Group A after winning two matches and drawing one while scoring 24 goals, allowing only one so far and will now play South Africa on Friday in the semifinals of the inaugural COSAFA Women’s Under 17 Championships.



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