Zambia Under 17 Girls team has learnt a lot from the Italy match – Kape Saili

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The Zambia womens u-17 national soccer team runs laps at practice on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, in San Rafael, Calif. Geoffrey Levy is helping the girls, age 14-17, achieve a spot in the World Cup games. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) Frankie Frost
The Zambia womens u-17 national soccer team runs laps at practice on Monday, Mar. 3, 2014, in San Rafael, Calif. Geoffrey Levy is helping the girls, age 14-17, achieve a spot in the World Cup games. (Frankie Frost/Marin Independent Journal) Frankie Frost

Zambia Under 17 Girls Assistant Coach Kape Saili  says the team has learnt alot from the Italy match and will recover from the loss.

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Saili’s comments posted on her facebook page comes after the young She-polopolo lost their opening Group A match to fellow debutants Italy by 2-goals to zero on Sunday morning.

 

Italy secure a vital 2-0 win ahead of their next clash against hosts Costa Rica.

 

Player of the match Annamaria Serturini, who had started the match on the bench, was the heroine bagging both goals in the first match at the National Stadium in the capital.

 

The match saw both teams make a nervous start though it was Italy making better use of the ball than their Zambian counterparts.

 

The Junior She-polopolo play Venezuela on Tuesday before wrapping up their Group match against hosts Costa Rica.

 

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An efficient Black Maidens side posted a 2-0 win over Korea DPR to make a winning start to their Group B campaign of 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

A goal in each half ensured Ghana won their first ever opening match in three tournament appearances.

Korea DPR started promisingly and dominated early possession, but it was the Maidens who netted with their first real attack.

Laadi Issaka made a great run down the left, and her low cross found Jane Ayieyam who slotted home from 12 yards for her fifth goal in her sixth U-17 World Cup match.

A few minutes later Sung Hyang Sim had her close-range shot blocked on the line with claims of handball waved away.

Ghana doubled their advantage six minutes into the second half with a shocking defensive mix-up between central defender Pak Sin Jong and goalkeeper Kim Myong Sun allowing striker Sandra Owusu Ansah to steal the ball and tap into an empty net.

The Koreans created several nervous moments around the Ghana penalty area, but few clear chances.

The Asians lacked the cutting edge to turn their possession into penetration.

Ghana’s next match is against Germany on Tuesday in Liberia.

 

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