A provisional 26- member national soccer team is being assembled for the 2016 Papua New Guinea under-20 Women World Cup second round qualifier against South Africa on September 27 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Coach Oswald Mutapa said the players were scheduled to report to camp at FAZ technical centre this Sunday.
He said that South Africa was a tough team and therefore the Chipolopolo Queens needed to prepare adequately for the game.
“We are facing a team that gives Zambia a tough time. Most of the players in the squad were in the under-17 team that eliminated South Africa in the 2014 Costa Rica World Cup qualifier.
“The two teams are familiar with each other. But with adequate preparations, Zambia can advance to the final round,” he said.
Mutapa said many of the players have been active at their various clubs and therefore were in shape.
“The players are doing well at their respective clubs. We will not struggle on the issue of fitness. What we will focus on are the mistakes noted during the Tanzanian match. The strikers’ scoring abilities need to be sharpened,” he said.
Zambia beat Tanzania 4-0 on an aggregate scoreline to qualify to the second round qualifier while South Africa thumped Botswana 9-1.
The team includes Hazel Nali (Nchanga Queens), Dorothy Mukatasha (Nchanga Queens), Cecilia Musowaya (Green Eagles), Ireen Lungu (Green Buffaloes), Lweendo Chisamu (Green Buffaloes), Agness Musesa(Green Buffaloes), Martha Tembo (Chibolya Girls), Melan Mulenga (Chibolya Girls) Milika Limwaya (Chiparamba Academy), Maclean Daka (Chiparamba Academy),Esther Mukwasa (Moba Queens), Margret Belemu (Red Arrows) and Osala Kaleo (Red Arrows).
Others include Hellen N. Chanda (Red Arrows),Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows),Grace Chanda (Zesco Ndola Girls) , Penelope Mulumbwa (Zesco Ndola Girls),Rhodah Chileshe(Zesco Ndola Girls), Catherine Musonda (Zesco Ndola Girls), Jackline Nkole (OYDC), Edina Phiri (OYDC),Elizabeth Nachivula (National Assembly), Barbra Banda (Bauleni United), Judith Zulu (Bauleni United) Elina Nyirenda (Bauleni United) and Sandra Salami (Indeni Roses).