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Teenager Barbra Banda, headlines Zambia’s Shepolopolo 20-member final squad for the COSAFA Women’s Championship to be held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from September 13-24, 2017.
Coach Albert Kachinga named the 17-year-old in his squad as he seeks the country’s first gold following two bronze medals in two editions.
Banda was a key member for Zambia at their maiden U-17 World Cup appearance in Costa Rica back in 2014.
She was also instrumental for the Shepolopolo during the 2016 Rio Olympics second round qualifying, where she bagged the home winner in a 2-1 victory over Zimbabwe. The Mighty Warriors would go on to win the overall tie against Zambia and qualify for the Olympics.
Shepolopolo has been drawn in pool A alongside hosts and defending champions Zimbabwe, Malawi and Madagascar.
“We have played Zimbabwe on several occasions. We have lost and we also won some games.
“The chances are 50-50, but with adequate preparations and with a good mind-set we can beat them.
”These days, there are no easy games; it is a fair draw. There is no team which can underrate the other. We have to work extra hard so that we can pull through. All the teams are good for them to play at the tournament,” Kachinga told COSAFA MEDIA.
Goalkeepers: Nkhoma Chiko, Catherine Musonda, Hazel Nali
Defenders: Grace Zulu, Anita Mulenga, Annie Kibanji, Jane Chalwe, Lwendo Chisamu
Midfielders: Judith Zulu, Racheal Lungu, Rhoda Chileshe, Esther Mukwasa, Ireen Lungu, Milika Limwanya, Mary Wilombe
Strikers: Grace Chanda, Misozi Zulu, Noria Sosala, Barbra Banda, Racheal Nachula