Zambia aims to put pressure on Ghana


After their 2-0 first leg win in the preliminary round qualifier over Zambia in the Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup campaign, Ghana’s female Under-17 team will be at home for the return match.

The Black Maidens welcome the Zambians to the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra on Sunday for the second leg match.

Ghana is vying for one of Africa’s three spots for the first edition of the Fifa’s Women’s World Cup for Under-17’s that is scheduled for New Zealand from October 28 to November 16, 2008.

Meanwhile, Zambia’s coach, Wisdom Kaira has made no changes to the team that lost team 2-0 to Ghana at Woodlands Stadium.

However, Kaira has dropped three players, namely striker Cynthia Mutale and midfielders Chimwemwe Kayuni and Ruth Mukisi.

“We are going to reverse the deficit from the first leg. As you know, we never broke camp and the girls are looking forward to the game.”

Kaira added that the pressure on Ghana as the hosts would work to their advantage because they had a reputation to keep with their fans.

“Ghana will be under pressure and we are going to take advantage of that fact to ensure that we score goals to qualify to the next stage.”

Kaira said he had worked on Zambia’s strike force to ensure an upset and qualification to the first round. “The technical bench has been working on the strike force because we felt let down in the first leg,” he said.

The winner over the two legs will host Congo DR in the first round during the weekend of April 2-4 and play the return leg two weeks later.

Congo enjoys a bye to round two following the withdrawal by their opponents Zimbabwe.