Zambia under-20 women national soccer 2; Namibia 0


THE Zambia under-20 women national soccer team yesterday made a giant stride towards qualifying for the 2014 Canada World Cup finals when they edged Namibia in the preliminary round return leg at Sunset Stadium in Lusaka.
Misozi Zulu and Barbara Banda scored a goal apiece for Zambia to demolish Namibia 3-0 on aggregate. The junior She-polopolo won 1-0 in Windhoek.
The visitors showed determination in the opening minutes but Zulu broke the deadlock in the eighth minute when she beat goalkeeper Jessica Garces with a low shot.
Zulu benefited from Helen Mukonga’s pass.
The goal woke up the Namibians who attacked vigorously with Anna Shikusho leading the search for goals but the Zambians held on.
On resumption, the visitors continued pressing for an equaliser and their effort almost paid off when Lena Noreses unleashed a scorcher in the 55th minute but goalkeeper Susan Nalwamba parried the ball for a corner.
Namibia’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Banda headed in a pass from Zulu on 80 minutes.
Zambia will meet the winners between Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast in the first round.
“It was a tough game, Namibia played well compared to the way they played in the first match,”Zambia coach Charles Bwale said.
Namibia coach Ace Komeya said the poor state of the pitch contributed to the loss.
“The pitch was very bad. It affected my team but I am very proud for my girls. They played very well for me,” Komeya said.