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By Michael Miyoba

THE Zambia women’s national soccer team’s quest to win their maiden Confederations of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) championship commences this afternoon Lesotho in their first group B fixture set for Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa.

The Shepolopolo will aim to break the jinx of failing to win the women’s COSAFA championship after being consistent participants at previous tournaments.

After finishing third at the 2017 edition, Shepolopolo coach Beauty Mwamba says a win over Lesotho in today’s group B opener is crucial for the team to achieve its target of doing better than last year.

Mwamba noted that victory will motivate the team to achieve its target of winning the championship.

Mwamba, who was appointed head coach a week before the tournament declared her squard ready and focused for the opener.

“The girls are very much ready for the game. We need the three points if we are to get out of the group and we are taking the game serious because our eyes are on the three points,” Mwamba said.

Shepolopolo captain Misozi Zulu said morale is high in the Zambian camp with the girls looking forward to overcome Lesotho.

Meanwhile, team vice-captain Barbara Banda says the team will use the COSAFA championship to prepare for the 2019 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Ghana having qualified for the prestigious continental championship for women.

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