By Grace Chaile Lesoetsa

ZAMBIA today begins her chase for a maiden title at the 2017 COSAFA Women’s Championship against Malawi at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

The two-time bronze medalists Zambia are pitted among the favourites to win the championship together with hosts Zimbabwe.

Coach Albert Kachinga said the Shepolopolo will come into the game with the target to pick a win against Malawi.

Kachinga feels he has assembled a strong squad that can go as far as the final.

“The team is ready and we are aiming for a win. We will respect our opponents but at the same time fight for victory. The girls are mentally and physically ready for the match,” he said.

Malawi coach Stuart Mbolembole has warned Zambia not to be too comfortable as they are determined to get a win at any cost. “We know Zambia has a strong women’s team but we are not intimidated. The girls are going into the game with one objective that is to record victory. It will not be an easy game but we will fight hard for a first win,” Mbolembole said.

Malawi boasts of Austria-based defender Jane Kazisonga from the Altera Porta club and striker Tabitha Chawing who plays for Swedish side  Knarsveden IK in their squad.

Kachinga will look to Hazel Nali in goal while the defence will have experienced Grace Zulu, Anita Mulenga, Annie Kibanji, Jane Chalwe, and Lwendo Chisamu.

Ireen Lungu, Milika Limwanya and Mary Wilombe are expected to start in the midfield while the upfront has tough tested Grace Chanda, Misozi Zulu, Noria Sosala and Barbara Banda.

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