Zambia coach Kangwa Kaluba says his side will try to replicate the good run at the COSAFA Women’s Under-17 Championship by other Zambian teams in regional tournaments in 2019.
Kaluba said the girls were preparing well for the tournament that will be played in Mauritius from September 20-29, where they will be among the favourites to lift the trophy.
“The preparations are going on very well. The girls are getting adapted on how we want them to play and how we want them to approach each game which comes,” Kaluba said.
He added that although results were very important, he would not forget that the junior teams should be more concerned about development.
“What is important is that we have to understand that the Under-17 is a developmental process. Whatever the outcomes are going to be, we must appreciate the fact that we have got a group of young girls that is going to represent us well,” he said.
“Our key focus is on the four-year project that we have developed with the technical directorate. We are focusing on playing the World Cup with these girls in 2024.”
Zambia lifted the men’s senior tournament, the COSAFA Cup, in Durban this year, and reached the final of the COSAFA Women’s Championship, where they were beaten by South Africa.
Zambia will open its campaign at the inaugural COSAFA Under-17 Women’s Championship with a game against East African guest nation Uganda on September 20, before facing Comoros two days later, with the final group match against Mauritius on September 24.
Source: Zambia Football Association