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IT’S DO OR DIE FOR SHEPOLOPOLO

IT’S a do or die for Shepolopolo as they take on the Lionesses of Cameroon in the second leg match of the Olympic qualifiers at Nkoloma Stadium.

With entry at the stadium free, all that remains is for the Copper Queens to turn the tables as they are 3-2 down from the first leg match.

Striker Grace Chanda is confident that the team will qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Chanda, who is the leading scorer with eight goals in the Olympic qualifiers, said the team will work hard to achieve the Olympic dream.

She tops the scorers’ chart in the qualifiers with eight goals having scored a hat-trick against Zimbabwe, a brace against Cameroon, Botswana and a goal against Kenya.

“It will be a tough game but we are confident of qualifying. We have what it takes to beat Cameroon. All we need is Zambians to come in numbers to support us,” she said. “I am promising the Zambian fans that I will score on Tuesday. They should come in numbers and give us support.”

The winner of the two-legged fixture automatically qualifiers to the Olympics while the loser will have a face-off with Chile in a playoff.

Shepolopolo lost 3-2 away to Cameroon last Thursday in the first leg qualifier.

The defeat at Stade Omnisport Ahmadou Ahidjo in Yaoundé means Shepolopolo must win at home to secure their debut Olympic Games qualification.

Thursday’s loss was also the Shepolopolo’s first in the qualifiers.

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