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.
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.