ROAD TO COSTA RICA 2022: We are Ready for Ghana-Haalubono

Zambia under-20 Women coach Charles Haalubono says his girls must utilize home ground advantage when they host the Black Princesses of Ghana in the third round, first leg of the Costa Rica 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday at Nkoloma Stadium.

Speaking during a pre-match press briefing at Football House, Haalubono said the under-20 girls were drawing inspiration from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games story of the Copper Queens.

He said that although Ghana had been to the last five editions of the FIFA World Cup, his squad was not intimidated but motivated to overcome the West Africans.

“We have prepared very well; the camping was okay. I think we have done everything which was supposed to be done. We are ready for the game,” he said.

“Ghana have been at the past five editions of the FIFA World Cup, that tells a story that they are a very good team and very strong. You know football the way it is, we have prepared. Our girls are fighters on the pitch, they know what we want, and everyone is set. We will not look at names that is why we have been training, we will fight.”

Zambia hosts Ghana at Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday in a 15:00 hours kick-off with tickets selling at K20 for the open wings while K100 will guarantee entrée to the Grandstand.

Tickets are being sold at Pick’n’ Pay Levy Junction and Webticket outlet at Omega Mall in Northmead.

The return leg is in Accra on December 18 with the winner over two legs qualifying to the final round.

Zambia qualified to the third round after beating Malawi 8-1 on aggregate while Ghana got a walkover after Mauritania withdrew.

Only two representatives from Africa will be at the Costa Rica FIFA World Cup.


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