ZAMBIA WOMEN’S U-17 COACH CONFIDENT OF BEATING SOUTH AFRICA… EYES WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION
Zambia U-17 Women’s national team head coach Kaluba Kangwa is eying qualification to the India 2020 FIFA World Cup.
Kangwa feels qualification to the World Cup will give the young girls international exposure and opportunities.
The Young Copper Queens will face Bantwana of South Africa in the second round of the Qualifiers. Bantwana beat Zambia in the semifinals of the COSAFA U-17 tournament but Kangwa is confident his team will carry the day this time around.
“The girls are responding well and we can see that they are determined and really want to beat South Africa. They are working extremely hard,” Kangwa told the ZamFoot Crew after a morning training session at Barca Academy.
” After we watched the Provincial games we spotted one player and she is with us. When you see a good player and you know you lacking in a certain area you just have to invite such a player and see how she integrates herself with what you have.”
“Very important, Of course. We have a four-year road map and the World cup is part of that plan. It only comes two years and some of the players will graduate but they need a record of having participated in the world. The world is at the top level of our game and it can help the players with international exposure and opportunities,” he added.
Kangwa believes his side dominated the last encounter against South Africa and could have easily won if not for the missed chances. He revealed to the ZamFoot Crew that the technical bench was working tirelessly to fix those mistakes and make sure the team is ready.
“The game we played at Cosafa we dominated but missed a number of chances. We are working on areas to strengthen the mindset of the players to be ready and prepare in tactics and approach of the game otherwise it will be a good game against South Africa,” he said.
” We are not very much under pressure because this is a new project and we can already see the impacts of the work we have done. I can assure that you will see the results of this project we have started very soon.”
Zambia will host South Africa in the first round of two legs on 28th February 2020 before traveling to South Africa for the return leg on 14th March 2020.
The winner of the two-legged matches will progress to the next round of qualifiers which will be played in May.
The 2020 FIFA World Cup will be hosted by India from 2 – 26 November and only the last three African countries will book places at the tournament.
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