Zambia women’s national team kicked off their 2023 Turkish Women’s Cup campaign on a bright note after beating North Macedonia in Turkiye.
Bruce Mwape’s side is currently in Turkiye participating in a round-robin tournament in Antalya from February 13-22 during the first FIFA Women’s international match window of 2023.
It took until the third minute of extra time of the 90 minutes played that the game was decided.
Shepolopolo vice-captain and midfielder Grace Chanda scored the games lone goal with a close-range finish when she tapped in a cross from the right delivered by Hellen Chanda.
Coach Mwape believes the scoreline does not do justice to his teams’ performance.
“I think our girls played good football although the score line is not what we expected,” Mwape said.
“We expected more than the one-zero that we got.
“We dominated the first half play but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“And the second half it was a similar thing but we ended up getting the goal at the last minute.”
Zambia is back in action on February 18 against Slovenia and closes its campaign on February 21 against Uzbekistan.