THE U-17 women national team has stepped up preparations for Sunday’s Uruguay 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Botswana.
Coach Kangwa Kaluba is upbeat about his lasses’ chances against the Tswanas and shared with Fazfootball.com the team’s aspirations in the race to Uruguay.
He said a precedent had already been set with the Zambia U-17 team qualifying to the World Cup in 2014 in Costa Rica.
Kaluba said playing at home in the first leg would push the girls to perform better before home fans.
“We are happy with starting at home, because in the next round we would have grown in confidence and positive,” Kaluba said.
Zambia will host Botswana on Sunday at Sunset Stadium in the first leg before closing the tie away in Gaborone.
Winner over two legs will face South Africa in December in the next round.
Emeldah Chewe (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Leticia Lungu (Ever Green), Anna Mukumbuta (YASA Girls)
Rhoda Nakanyika , Rosemary Nyirongo (both Yassa Girls), Diana Banda, Margaret Bwalya, Constance Kamusu (all Bauleni United), Lillian Kunda (Ever Green), Thelma Phiri (Olympic Flying Queens), Limited Mulenga (Rockets Livinsgtone), Simakutu Champa, Esther Siamfuko (both Choma Warriors),
Mercy Nthala (Lusaka Foundation), Thandiwe Ndhlovu (Moba Queens), Pauline Chanda (Indeni Roses), Samone Phiri (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Janet Kazila (Olympic Flying Queens), Ochumba Oseke (Nkwazi Girls)
Lydia Mubanga (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Loveness Malunga (Linso Shining Stars), Marriam Moono (Rockets Livingstone), Christabel Phiri (National Assembly).