Shepolopolo battle Lesotho in COSAFA Womens Cup group opener

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Zambia opens the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship on Thursday with a Group B match against Lesotho at Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The annual regional competition is running from September 12-22.

Shepolopolo’s opener against Lesotho will start at 15h30.

Zambia is seeking an improved display at this year’s event after reaping bronze at the 2017 edition in Zimbabwe.

“As players we are ready for the game against Lesotho. Our aim is to win the opening game. We have good chances of winning,” Shepolopolo skipper Misozi Zulu said.

Meanwhile, Cameroon is Zambia’s next opponent on Saturday at the same venue before they wrap up Group B action with an encounter against Mozambique next Tuesday.

The three group winners will qualify to the semifinals with one best loser in the three batches.

GOALKEEPERS: Catherine Musonda, Maleta Muwindwa, Hazel Nali

DEFENDERS:Jackline Nkole, Martha Tembo, Margaret Belemu, Anita Mulenga

MIDFIELDERS:Lushomo Mwemba, Mary Mambwe, Rabecca Nyirenda, Joana Benai, Misozi Zulu, Barbara Banda, Rhodah Chileshe, Hellen Chanda, Mary Mwakalipila, Penelope Mulubwa

STRIKERS:Rachael Kundananji, Theresa Chewe, Rachael Nachula

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