Spain-based Shepolopolo skipper Barbara Banda says she is happy to be back for the Olympics qualifier after her last play in the 2018 COSAFA cup.
And Shepolopolo coach Bruce Mwape says the girls intend to decide the two-legged contest against Botswana today by scoring many goals so they play for formality in the return encounter over the weekend.
Speaking ahead of today qualifier against Botswana, Barbara said she was looking forward to the game.
“I’m happy I am back with the team and I have found the team in good shape. The morale in the camp is very high and we are just waiting for tomorrow. And I am asking for the fans to come in numbers,” said Barbara.
And Mwape, who admitted that he is under-duress to replicate the performance the team exhibited at the COSAFA cup, said he would use the home advantage to make it difficult for Botswana to qualify.
“We have actually played Botswana several times. This game in my opinion won’t be all that easy. All I can say is that it will be may be a 50/50 affair where everyone wants to win and qualify to the Olympics. It’s actually important to have Barbara in the team. One, she is the captain of the side; two, she has played for this team for some time and she has been our top scorer in most of the games that we played. Having her in the team will add value tomorrow because we need to win this game by all costs,” said Mwape.
“The game must actually end here tomorrow. Playing home to me is actually an advantage because we expect our supporters to come in numbers and support the team. The pressure can be there because people are actually expecting a lot, especially after good performances in South Africa during the COSAFA tournament.”