ZAMBIA national netball team will be hoping for a miracle when they face eighth-ranked and tough tested Wales in their Pool D second preliminary match at the on-going Sydney World Cup Championship in Australia today.
Wales will be going in the game with a high morale booster after they narrowly beat Fiji 59-52 in the opening match.
Zambia, who were thrashed in the opening match by Uganda 74-38, will need proper psychological preparedness to put up a good game against Wales.
Coach Charles Zulu said it was no doubt that this game will be very difficult for his girls who were making a debut appearance at the netball world showpiece.
Zulu said the girls have been told to put the loss to Uganda behind them and focus on today’s game.
“We will go into this game as under-dogs which can be demoralising to the girls. But I have told the girls not to let the first loss weigh them down. The girls will put in their best,” he said.
He said all the players were in shape and he was just working on the psychological aspect.
Meanwhile, Wales coach Trish Wilcox said his team will take the game seriously to grab a slot in the quarter- finals.
“To us, Zambia is just like any other team and will not underrate them. It is more difficult to play a team for the first time, so we will take it seriously. I feel the win over Fiji has iced the girls’ morale and confidence,” he said. The Zambian squad has defenders Margaret Mutafela, Anne Mukamba, Yvonne Kaholo, Agness Sing’ambo and Petronella Bwalya.
Midfielders are Joyce Mwanza, Carol Moono, Winfridah Mwila, Naomi Changwe and Brenda Mwila.
Shooters: Lucy Jere, Elizabeth Bwalya and Diana Banda.
Wales team has Suzy Drane (captain), Rosie Pretorius, Sara Bell, Bethan Dyke, Nic James, Kyra Jones, Lateisha Kidner, Chelsea Lewis, Kelly Morgan, Georgia Rowe, Emma Thomas and Stephanie Williams.