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She-polopolo, Twiga Stars eye Congo Brazzaville

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Lusaka
SHE-POLOPOLO and Tanzania’s Twiga Stars today renew their rivalry when they clash in the 2015 Congo Brazzaville All-Africa Games last round first leg at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium.
Last year, Zambia beat Tanzania 2-1 on aggregate in the 2014 Africa Women Championship qualifying race.
Zambia beat Tanzania 1-0 at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium before forcing a 1-1 draw in Dar es Salaam to qualify for Africa Women Championship, held in Namibia.
She-polopolo, who have a totally new side, will look to extend their dominance while Tanzania, are confident of avenging last year’s defeat.
Zambia coach Albert Kachinga says his young side, mostly consisting of under-17 players that competed at the 2014 Costa Rica World Cup, is ready for battle.
“Yes, we beat Tanzania last year and it will be nice to do it again. However, this is a different team which I know is also equal to the task,” he said.
Kachinga will rely on the experienced hands of Hazel Nali to stop the Twiga Stars from scoring while Martha Tembo, Lwendo Chisamo, Mary Wilombe and Meya Banda will be in defence.
Mary Mwakapila, Barbara Banda and Osala Kaleo will be pulling the strings in midfield.
Misozi Zulu, Ireen Lungu and Grace Chanda will be in attack.
But Tanzania will be eager to get a win having been eliminated from the championship last year.
“I know Zambia has quality players and depth, but I also have a good side which has come to compete. We do not want to dwell much on the past result because this is a new game,” Tanzania coach Rogasian Kaijage said.
The winners will qualify for the finals slated for September 4-9 in Brazzaville.

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