Shepolopolo lament away draw against Malawi

Shepolopolo lament away draw against Malawi
Rachel Kundananji of Zambia (R) in action

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Oct 21, 2021. 14:00

Shepolopolo Zambia striker Rachel Kundananji admits they were not ruthless enough in Wednesday’s 2022 Women AFCON first round, first leg qualifier against hosts Malawi that ended 1-1 in Lilongwe.


Zambia gave away a one-nil halftime lead to finish 1-1 against Malawi in a match the visitors could have even gone two-nil into the break had midfielder Elizabeth Mupeso earlier not failed to convert a 6th minute penalty.


But Zambia captain Grace Chanda redeemed her side when she put Shepolopolo ahead in the 20th minute.


However, hopes of collecting that vital away win were erased when Malawi hit back in the 66th minute through Sabina Thom.


Kundananji then missed two great chances in the 79th and 89th minutes as Shepolopolo ultimately settled for a draw.


“We started on a good note even though we missed a penalty and we also missed clear chances. It wasn’t a good day for us,” Kundananji said.


“This is a game we could have won in the first half but we wasted our chances and Malawi capitalized on our mistakes and got the equalizer.”


Shepolopolo host Malawi on October 26 in Lusaka hoping to ensure they get the crucial home victory they need to advance to the final qualifying stage.


Winner will face Tanzania or Namibia for one of the eleven tickets to Morocco.


Namibia beat Tanzania 2-1 away on Wednesday in their first leg match.


“We have the chance to win it at home and advance,” Kundananji said.


“We have to win and we don’t doubt our hopes but the only thing is we really need to do better on our finishing.”


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