Zambia begins the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Botswana at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.

Zambia and Botswana clashes in the first leg tie of preliminary round for the Uruguay 2018 competition.

Zambia is seeking a second appearance at the U-17 Women’s World Cup since making their debut at Costa Rica 2014 where they made a group stage exit when they finished 3rd in Group A with 3 points .

“Our target is to qualify to the World Cup. We shall play each game as it comes,” Zambia coach Kangwa Kaluba said in a pre-match interview.

The return match in Botswana is set for the weekend of 28/29 October.

Winner over two legs will face South Africa in December in the next round.

ZAMBIA TEAM

(GOALKEEPERS)

Emeldah Chewe (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Leticia Lungu (Ever Green), Anna Mukumbuta (YASA Girls)

(DEFENDERS)

Rhoda Nakanyika , Rosemary Nyirongo (both Yassa Girls), Diana Banda, Margaret Bwalya, Constance Kamusu (all Bauleni United), Lillian Kunda (Ever Green), Thelma Phiri (Olympic Flying Queens), Limited Mulenga (Rockets Livinsgtone), Simakutu Champa, Esther Siamfuko (both Choma Warriors),

(MIDFIELDERS)

Mercy Nthala (Lusaka Foundation), Thandiwe Ndhlovu (Moba Queens), Pauline Chanda (Indeni Roses), Samone Phiri (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Janet Kazila (Olympic Flying Queens), Ochumba Oseke (Nkwazi Girls)

(STRIKERS)

Lydia Mubanga (Bauleni United Sports Academy), Loveness Malunga (Linso Shining Stars), Marriam Moono (Rockets Livingstone), Christabel Phiri (National Assembly)

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