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Under-20 in mission impossible

DAUNTING TASK—U-20 against Zambia last moth

Maggie Chombo Sadik

Malawi Under-20 Women’s National Football Team have a mammoth task when facing Zambia in the second leg of Costa Rica Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers at Bingu National Stadium this afternoon.

The Young Scorchers need to beat Zambia by 7-0 margin to overturn the tables having lost the first leg 6-0 in Lusaka, Zambia last month.

However, Under-20 women’s football team Coach Maggie Chombo Sadik admitted that her troops made life difficult for themselves in the first leg.

“We will go with a mentality to win the match. But honestly, this is a tall order for us. For now, we are not focusing much on the results but we want to develop the players,” Chombo-Sadik said.

The team had poor preparations before the first leg and arrived in Zambia in the morning just 24 hours before the match.

Chombo-Sadik has included some new players in the team.

After the first leg, the team had been in camp ahead of this afternoon’s match.

Former Scorchers Captain Linda Kasenda said the girls can win the match.

“Our chances of progressing to the next round are very slim because we lost with a huge margin,” she said.

Zambia arrived in Malawi on Tuesday for the match and the team’s coach Charles Halaaubono has maintained the squad that won the first leg.

The winner between Malawi and Zambia will face Ghana or Mauritania in the next round.

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