UNDER-20 national women team coach Oswald Mutapa has declared the 18-member squad ready for the crucial Papua New Guniea 2016 World Cup second round final leg qualifier against South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Mutapa said the players were not under pressure to face South Africa in their backyard after drawing 0-0 in Lusaka two weeks ago.
“The team is physically and mentally ready for South Africa. They gave us a good game but this time the team needs to score. I feel they (Zambian girls) play under pressure when they are at home than away,” he said.
He advised the players to be confident and work harder if they were to beat South Africa.
“It’s not an easy match, I advise the girls not to lose focus till the last whistle. They should always remember that hard work and discipline pays off,“ he said.
The team left yesterday aboard South African Airlines but goalkeeper Hazel Nali and defender Jacqueline Nkole would join the team later as they were writing their exams.
Meanwhile, South Africa will be without defenders Chamelle Wiltshire and Bongeka Gamede due to injuries sustained in the first leg.
Basetsana coach Elisabeth Migchelsen said her players were in good shape and was confident that the South Africans could upset Zambia when they meet in this do-or-die encounter.
“I expect a similar match to what we played in Zambia, very physical. The good thing is that the girls also know what to expect and what to do to protect themselves. They really want to play this game and show that they can play good football and get a good result against Zambia on Saturday.
‘’We believe we have what it takes to win,” she said.
The two teams recorded a barren draw in the first leg play at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka barely a fortnight ago.
The final Zambian squad has goalkeepers Musole Ngambo and Hazel Nali, defenders Lweendo Chisamu, Milika Limwanya ,Martha Tembo, Elizabeth Nachivula, Margaret Belemu and Jacqueline Nkole.
Midfielders include Ireen Lungu, Esther Mukwasa, Melani Mulenga, Rhodah Chileshe, Hellen Chanda and Judith Zulu.
Strikers are Agness Musesa, Barbara Banda, Grace Chanda and Penelope Mulubwa.