Saturday Apr 30, 2022. 11:00
Shepolopolo Zambia on Friday recorded a 1-0 home win over Botswana in their first of a two-match, women’s international friendly series to be played over the next four days at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Zambia and Botswana are using the friendlies as early preparations for their outing at the 2022 Women’s AFCON in Morocco from July 2-23.
It took until the final ten minutes of the game for a goal to come through striker Ochumba Lubanji in the 84th minute when she guided in midfielder Evarine Katongo’s assist.
For the game, Coach Bruce Mwape fielded a team exclusively made up of home-based players predominately consisting of fringe call-ups.
But Mwape had at least half of his regular figures in the starting XI who included goalkeeper Catherine Musonda, defenders Lushomo Mweemba and Esther Siamfuko plus midfielder Mary Wilombe who captained Shepolopolo.
“It wasn’t a bad performance, the girls have actually tried. It was the first time for some of them but going forward we will try to correct the mistakes they made today,” Mwape said.
“We have seen where we may make some changes but we will see after the second game.”
Meanwhile, Shepolopolo and Botswana’s final game is on May 2 at the same venue.