Sunday Dec 05, 2021. 10:00
Shepolopolo Zambia Under-20 coach Charles Halubono admits Saturday’s home draw against Ghana in their 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier has put them in a very difficult situation.
Zambia and Ghana drew 0-0 in their third round, first leg match played at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
“It was a tough game with end to end action from both sides. Generally the girls played well but the result puts us under pressure heading into the reverse fixture in Ghana,” Halubono said.
Zambia had two great chances to kill off the game in each half coming off the woodwork.
Evarine Katongo’s 34th minute shot hit the post and Eneless Phiri watched as her 50th minute effort came off the beam.
But those two attempts came after some sustained early pressure from Ghana.
CAF Women’s Champions League star midfielder Evelyn Badu of inaugural tournament runners-up Hasaacas saw her 17th minute attempt cleared off the line by defender Esther Siamfuko.
“We have to work extra hard to get a result that will see us through,” Halubono said.
The two sides meet in the final leg in Ghana during the weekend of December 17-19.