ROAD TO COSTA RICA 2022: Katongo Eyes Improved Performance in Return Leg
Zambia U-20 Women National Team captain Evarine Katongo says the team has put behind the 0-0 home draw against Ghana and is focussed on tucking away their chances in the return leg of the 2022 Costa Rica World Cup qualifier.
Ghana will host Zambia on December 18, 2022, for the return leg at Ghana’s Accra Sports Stadium.
In an interview with the FAZ media after the morning workout at Nkoloma Stadium, Katongo attributed the goalless outcome of the first leg match to failure to convert created chances into goals.
Katongo has, however, expressed confidence of carrying the day in the upcoming return leg against Ghana.
“Everyone is working extra hard to win the away game, we just need to improve on converting our chances,” she said.
She added that intimidation is expected in the away encounter but that the team will be strong enough to only concentrate on winning the match.
The skipper has since urged fans across the country to continue supporting the team.
The Copper Princesses qualified to the next round of the Costa Rica World Cup qualifiers after beating Malawi 8-1 on aggregate.
The winners will join seven teams in the penultimate round of qualifiers for the race to Costa Rica.
Zambia’s home clash with Ghana in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup qualifier ended in an all-nil draw at Zambia’s Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Zambia are looking to reach the U20 World Cup for the first time at u20 level.
The Women’s tournament that will be hosted by Costa Rica is expected to run from August 10 – August 28, 2022.
Only two teams will represent Africa at the tournament.