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Copper Princesses off to finish job in Tanzania 


THE Zambia U17 women’s national team has left for Dar es Salaam ahead of Sunday’s 2024 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup second round, return leg qualifier against the Serengeti Girls of Tanzania.

The 20-member squad coached by Carol Kanyemba left the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka aboard Air Tanzania at 13 hours.

They will look to add to the 5-0 win registered at home in the first leg courtesy of captain Blessings Zangose Zulu and a goal each from Saliya Mwanza, Namute Chileshe and Ruth Muwowo.

Kanyemba had indicated after the 5-0 bashing of Tanzania last Saturday that she expects a tough game away from home having dominated the home fixture. 

“We are sure they (Tanzania) have read our strengths and weaknesses.  We have also done that.  We are not carrying the 5-0 win with us.  We are starting the next game scoreless and we hope to defend and try to score many other goals as we go that way,” Kanyemba said. 

“We have won but we need to work extra hard knowing the environment in Tanzania will be tricky. We still have some lapses that we need to work on. We still need to work on our finishing. We need to psyche our players because 5-0 is nothing.  We shall be playing a different ball game,” the gaffer, who doubles as Green Buffalos assistant coach said. 

The winner over two legs will face either Uganda or Cameroon in the third round. They two teams played out to a 1-1 draw in the first leg match at St. Mary’s Stadium-Kitende in Entebbe.


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