She-polopolo refuses to write off Malawi

Coach of Zambia women’s team Enala Simbeya insists Malawi can spring back a susprise and avenge a 7-0 deficit when they meet on Sunday.

Zambia, who are known as ‘The She-polopolo’,  and Malawi clash at  Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre in a 2012 CAF African Women’s Championship first round, second leg qualifier.

In the first leg which was played in Lukasa, Zambia pounded Malawi 7-0 .

She-polopolo players having a feel at Kamuzu Stadium. Photo: Jeromy Kadewere/Nyasa Times

But afterthe She-polopolo had the feel of the artificial turf in the first training session at the Kamuzu Stadium , Zambian coach said  “Malawi are still in it.”

“We are here to continue where we left in Lusaka. We are aware that it will not be easy as it was in Lusaka because Malawi will be playing in front of their home fans but at the end of the game we will be victorious,” said Simbeya.

The She-polopolo girls invaded Kamuzu Stadium with confidence as they were singing Chikokoshi music while shaking their bodies.

The Zambians have brought in some of the players who were responsible in hammering Malawi like Anne Kabanji, Misozi Zulu and Mwila Bowa.

However, the She-polopolo girls are aware that Kamuzu Stadium will be on fire come Sunday’s since Malawi will have a home ground advantage.

Malawi move

For Malawi to progress through to the next round they need to beat Zambia by 8 scores to nothing which already put them on the tight rope.

Malawi Coach Temwa Msuku has roped in two experienced netballers for Escom Sisters Towera Vinkhumbo and Sheila Demba to strengthen their squad.

The duo also plays football in the Peter Mutharika Southern Region Women’s Football League.

Msuku told Nyasa Times that the duo have boosted the morale in camp.

“They are good players and they are performing well. We will try our best to score many goals in the second even though we know that it will not be easy to score eight goals,” said Msuku, who is also Mafco FC tactician.

Vinkhumbo, who plays for Envirom has already netted 17 goals in the Peter Mutharika league.

Winner over the two legs will face Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the second round in May over two legs for a place at the Equatorial Guinea finals in November.

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