Zambia Earn First Leg Victory in Opening World Cup Qualifier

The South Africa U-17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) went down 2-0 to Zambia in the first leg of the FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifier, in Lusaka on Friday afternoon, 28 February 2020.

Bantwana gave Zambia all the space to play in the first half and were beaten by speed, as the Zambian players won all the first balls. They came back onto the field in the second half as the better side however; failed to convert their chances.

Head Coach Simphiwe Dludlu believes that this is a learning curve and will be looking to get a win when the two sides go head to head in the second leg to be played on 14 March 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“We anticipated a tough match; playing Zambia is never an easy challenge. We had a bad first half and it was evident that the players were a bit nervous playing in front of the noisy supporters of Chipolopolo,” said Dludlu.

“We have a lot of work to do when we get back home as we believe that all is not lost. We will be beefing up our squad and of course working on areas that we lacked in today,” concluded Dludlu.

South African Starting XI:
Rosalie James (GK)
Yolanda Nduli
Hlela Philisani
Nkateko Nkhuna
Shakira O’Malley
Nabeelah Galant
Tiyana Carollessen
Nelly Gamede
Sonika Mzingeli
Jessica Wade (C)
Oyisa Marhazi

Zambian Starting XI:
Inghutu Muchahabali (GK)
Ester Siamfuko
Edah Lunga
Dorica Malunga
Martha Kitila Banda
Precious Nsama
Florence Kasonde
Ester Banda
Maweta Glory Chilenga
Josphine Phiri
Grace Sakala




Photo 1 Caption: South African U-17 captain, Jessica Wade battles for the ball against Zambian goalkeeper, Inghutu Muchahabali in the first leg of the FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup qualifier in Lusaka on Friday, 28 February 2020. Photo: @SAFA_net (Twitter)

With editing by gsport

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