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‘Wounded’ U-20 women regroup


Posted by 12/15/13

THE Zambia women soccer team has regrouped in Lusaka ahead of the Canada 2014 FIFA Under-20 World Cup second round return leg qualifier against Equatorial Guinea to be played in two weeks time.

Coach Charles Bwale said the squad that started training at Nkoloma Stadium yesterday is fine tuning towards overturning the 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Equatorial Guinea at Sunset Stadium last weekend.

Bwale said in an interview that morale in camp was high as players understand the huge task that lies ahead of them when the two sides clash in the return leg.

He expressed happiness that defender Elina Nyirenda, who missed the match owing to a fractured wrist, has started training and that everyone was looking forward to a positive result to advance to the next round.

“We are back in training and the team has gotten over the weekend defeat and focused at the job at hand. The players know we have to overturn the result for us to have a chance to qualifying to the next round and hopefully clinch a World Cup slot,” he said.

Bwale said the players are currently enjoying a clean bill of health and called for hard work if the dream to qualify for the Canada finals was to remain a reality.

Two quick first half goals by Olive Christelle in the 16th and 23rd minute handed Equatorial Guinea a comfortable lead heading into the return match set for two weeks.

Should Zambia overcome Equatorial Guinea in the two-legged qualifiers, then an exciting encounter with Ghana, who advanced to the final stage after Uganda withdrew, will be played on January 10.

Other teams fighting for the two slots available for African countries are Tanzania, who will play South Africa and Nigeria who are up against Tunisia.