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Zambia seek pride

Shepolopolo training.

ZAMBIA women’s national team today seek to restore pride when they face Ivory Coast in a formality match at Independence Stadium at the ongoing 2014 Africa Women’s Championship.
She-polopolo are out of the competition and hence will seek to win this fixture to exit with respect following Tuesday’s 0-6 hammering to six-time champions Nigeria.
The team, however, have a huge task to win back their confidence.
Coach Charles Bwale says the players are aware of the importance of the game.
“It’s a formality match but we just have to play to salvage our pride. The players also want to redeem themselves and I am optimistic we will come out with a positive result.
“All the same we are ready even though the players are a bit low. But we will work hard and ensure we get an outright win even though it will be a tall order,” Bwale said.
Bwale will be without injured Ethel Chama and Grace Zulu, who is suspended, so his defenders must be at their best to contain Russia-based striker Nahi Marie Josse and diminutive Koko Mariette N’guessan.
“This is the only match which will help us to go through to the semi-finals. We just have to win it,” Ivory Coast coach Natagoma Clementine Toure said.
Nigeria lead Group A with six points, three ahead of Ivory Coast and Namibia while Zambia have no point.
Zambia started the campaign with a 0-2 loss to Namibia before succumbing 0-6 to the Super Falcons.
The match will kick off at 17:00hours.

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