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She-polopolo cry

CECILIA ZULU, Windhoek
She-polopolo players wept uncontrollably after being eliminated from the 2014 Africa Women’s Championship on Tuesday night.
Coach Charles Bwale had a tough time to calm down players who burst into tears after losing 0-6 to Nigeria at Sam Nujoma Stadium.
Australia-based striker Carol Howes described Zambia’s exit from the tournament as painful.
“This has been the worst result, worst ever result we have recorded at this tournament. But we will work hard next time. We have learnt lessons,” Howes said.
Assistant coach Kaluba Kangwa attributed Zambia’s first round exit to lack of exposure.
Speaking in a post-match interview, Kangwa said it has been a learning phase for the team.
“The next time we come here [tournament], you will see a different Zambia. We still have a lot to do for us to improve. This has been a learning phase for us,” he said.
Nigeria coach Edwin Okon said Zambia will be a team to reckon with in future.
“We are happy that we have qualified to the next stage of the championship. But Zambian players should take heart because what has happened can happen to any other team,” he said.     And Ivory Coast edged Namibia 3-1 in another Group A match.
Meanwhile, Ivory Coast players are confident of beating Zambia in tomorrow’s last group stage match.
“It’s like every team is getting points off Zambia…and we are looking forward to this game to qualify for the semi-finals, so who are we to fail to beat Zambia? Tiegnou Coulibaly said.
And skipper Nahi Josee is confident they will thrash the She-polopolo.
She is, however, worried with Zambia’s captain Kabange Mupopo.
“Our worry is that tall skinny player who looks like me. That one [Mupopo] is good and we are expecting a good run from her,” she said.

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