NATIONAL women football team coach Albert Kachinga has declared victory over Namibia in Friday’s 2016 African Women Championship (AWC) first round, return leg match in Windhoek.
Speaking at a briefing at Football House yesterday before departure for Windhoek, Kachinga said that the team would approach the match with consciousness because Namibia would definitely want to upset the result.
He said the team was mentally and physically prepared to complete the task that started at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium a fortnight ago.
“Yes, we are going in Friday’s game with a 3-1 score line to our advantage, but the team has never relaxed since the first leg. I look at 3-1 as just a cushion to our qualification; we still have 90 minutes of play. But come Friday, we will come out victorious,” he said.
He said the technical bench has worked on the weaknesses spotted during the first leg match.
“We have worked on all the porous areas to make sure Namibia doesn’t use them to their advantage. The game has to be approached with almost consciousness because Namibia will definitely aim at us immediately the whistle blows. We can play either an open or defensive game. The girls will not play a compact game but have to counter attack too,” he said.
Kachinga said he has added Milika Limwanya and dropped Mary Mwakapila because the midfield needs a tall and strong player to withstand Namibian pressure.
“I have only made one change in the midfield. Milika has been added to the squad because we need a tall and strong midfielder. I believe she will do a good job in the midfield,” he said.
And vice-captain Emeldah Musonda said the team was not haunted by the 2-0 loss to Namibia at the 2014 AWC but focused on writing a new history.
“My team mates are ready for the task. We are not under-pressure; we are not going for the crowd but to complete the task on the pitch. I always advise the team members not to be intimidated by the crowd but the purpose of being there,” she said.
The 18 member team has goal keepers Hazel Nali and Catherine Musonda.
Defenders: Annie Kibanji, Grace Zulu, Jane Chalwe, Emeldah Musonda, Martha Tembo and Anita Mulenga.
Midfielders: Milika Limwanya, Rhoda Chileshe, Misozi Zulu, Mary Wilombe, Barbara Banda and Ireen Lungu.
Strikers: Noria Sosala, Hellen Mubanga and Grace Chanda.