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Friday, June 5, 2020

Team Zambia in a “Must Win” Situation

Sports Feature Sports Team Zambia in a "Must Win" Situation

Team Zambia after the match
Team Zambia after the match
By Chanda Mwenya

Team Zambia under 14 girls has pulled a 1-1 draw with Oppegård, a Norwegian team from the south of the country. This is at the ongoing Norway Cup that entered its 2nd day on Monday. Team Zambia secured an equalizer in the 35th minute through midfielder Mary Mwakapila who seemingly looked off form until in the dying minutes when she scored the team`s first goal in the tournament.

The game that was 20 minutes each side had a lot sparks with Team Zambia missing golden opportunities that would have put them in an advantageous position of sailing further in the competition. Grace Zulu almost scored from outside the 18 area having collected with confidence, a brilliant pass from the ever hard working skipper Ruth Mukisa. It was until the 35th minute when Helena Mubanga dribbled into the 18 area and flipped the ball to Mary Mwakapila while laying on the ground. Mwakapila made no mistake but to make it 1-1 for Team Zambia having conceded a goal 3 minutes to half time.

Helen Mubanga (9)crossing the ball to Mary Mwakapila in a move that made it 1 all.
Helen Mubanga (9)crossing the ball to Mary Mwakapila in a move that made it 1 all.

Having lost their opening game on Sunday and the 1 all draw in the second game puts Team Zambia in a tight corner of making it beyond the group stage. The girls are third in the group with a point while Tertnes, a team that beat them in the first game tops the group with 6 points .Team Zambia must win their last game against Hvam & Haga at least with 5 goals if they have to book a ticket to the next stage of the competition.

Coach Gregory Shikombelo observed that the girls have improved technically from their opening match, but due to the unfriendly weather conditions, the girls could only perform what they did. It was showering throughout the game with a very wet pitch. The girls so used to the Zambian harder turfs could not cope with a wet one.

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  1. it doesn’t matter even if they lose,what’s good for them is the experience they’ve had of seeing a developed country and that may next time when voting the’ll look for a leader who can spur their country to what they have seen.

  2. Team zambia, what a name, pull up your socks our young ladies.

  3. Some inspiring rezult, keep it up girlz. Any idea how the compozition of this Team Zambia is arrived at?

  4. # 5 the team is selected from community football teams from Lusaka with logistical support from Edusport, Score,Sport in Action and Nospaw, these are NGO´’s involved in sports for development and have deliberate programme for youths and girl child….Many young girls have benefited from theit initiatives.
    Go team Zambia Goooo

  5. If the turf is slippery change there boots, there boots that rae all weather too. This is encouraging good result and let them just have fun. Soon after take them to the amuzement park. Keep them of the Roller coaster, after one ride I changed my mind about being an Airforce fighter pilot here hahahahahahahaha.

  6. This is the first real under age team from Zambia I have ever seen, no age cheating. Let the kids enjoy, Norway, what a good experience to be in Europe.

  7. keep going and keep strong to succed.the most important thing is to be experienced.i ‘m proud alhough i am 13 yr o’d.luv live in south africa.

  8. i am looking towards you guys for your matches.u relly play vry ell kep et up our zam ladies.luv tan makozo.i luv soccer.

  9. #9 You are a physcial embodiement of the devil! LT please kick him out.
    We refuse to think like you and to let these young girls and others be subjects of your carnal desire.

  10. At least these kiddos really look under 14,unlike the previous girls the’ve been sending ifikote fyekafyeka.Go go bakadoli,iwe chi # 9 ufwile ula wanker sana

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