[By Bright Tembo]
UNDER 20 women’s national team midfielder Susan Katongo believes the team has what it takes to qualify to the World Cup.
Speaking to journalists at Imboela Stadium in Lusaka, Katongo said the team is working hard ahead of this month’s match against South Africa.
“We are working very hard in training. What people are expecting from us is to win the game against South Africa and we are expecting a win and I believe that because we are working hard in training,” she said.
“It’s quite tough but we are putting more efforts for us to win the game and we are going to do our best because we don’t want to disappoint our country and fans, so we are going to put more effort to win the game.”
Katongo said it is important for the team to qualify to the World Cup.
“It’s important for the U20 because it’s our first time playing qualifiers. We just have to put more effort to lift our country high, so effort is important for us to qualify to the World Cup and I believe and have so much confident that we will go to the World Cup and win,” she said.
Katongo has so far scored five goals in three games of the ongoing Lusaka FAZ women’s league.
And U20 coach Charles Halubono said the team has improved its fitness levels.
“The first week with the girls has been a tough week because we needed to work on their levels of fitness, so it has been quite a tough week but so far so good,” he said.
With the U20 reaching the finals of last year’s COSAFA Cup in South Africa, Halubono knows how tough it will be this time around.
“We can’t live on the past glory. All we have to do is to prepare adequately so that we are ready for the game,” he said.
Halubono has included 12 new players from the team that reached last year’s COSAFA finals in South Africa.