U17 girls beat Comoros at COSAFA Cup

The Zambia U-17 girls have beaten Comoros by 15 goals to nil at the on-going Cosafa Cup in Mauritius.

Zambia’s win comes after the coach earlier said it was “disrespectful” for South Africa to win the game with Seychelles by a huge margin.

The Zambians were 10 up by half time and added more goals in the second stanza to make their first statement following a dismal performance against the cranes of Uganda on Friday.

The Comoros side was on the receiving end of not just goals but everything interesting that the match had to offer.

The junior copper queens bullied their opponents in chances created such as attempts of target and off target, possession, passes and tackles.

Copper queens coach Kangwa Kaluba said the Comoros side had stepped up their game and were better playing against Zambia than their previous matches.

Kaluba said there are, however, numerous things that the Zambian side needs to improve despite their triumph.

“It was very interesting and very educative as well. We are coming from a background of grassroot development and our work is to also see how our friends are able to develop from game to game. I think from my understanding, from the way our colleagues were playing, Comoros, they have stepped up from the first game they were playing to this game. I could see that they were working extremely hard and the determination from the girls was really good. And to me, [it tells] us a lot that our colleagues are developing,” Kaluba said.

Earlier before the game, Kaluba criticised South Africa for defeating their opponents by more than 28 goals.

On Saturday, U-17 South African side beat their opponents Seychelles 28 goals to nil at the ongoing COSAFA tournament in Mauritius.

“Really for us as Zambia, we are taking on a style of fair play and we don’t have that much pressure considering how many goals other teams are scoring. What is important is to see that the children are doing the correct thing. But definitely, we are going for an outright win, and we want the girls to enjoy the game and what is important for us is to also appreciate and respect our opponents because those score lines of 29, 30 for me, I don’t think there is a component of respecting your opponents in the aspect of fair play. How are the children going to feel? But anyway, this is football…we focus on winning and showing our nation that women football is developing fast,” said Kaluba.

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