The Shepolopolo and Twiga Stars renew rivalries in the qualifiers for the first time since 2014 when Shepolopolo reigned supreme at the same stage with a 3-2 aggregate win en route to the finals in Namibia.
For Zambia coach Albert Kachinga, his team’s build-up to Wednesday’s match hit some turbulence a week ago following a 3-0 home defeat to Kenya in a friendly played on 25 March 2018 at Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe.
“The loss has even made them to become stronger. We made a lot of mistakes and we will capitalise on that to come up with a strong team to face Tanzania,” Kachinga said.
Worse news for the Shepolopolo is that the Kenya friendly defeat claimed striker Lydia Mubanga, who sustained a knee injury and will miss the trip to Dar es Salaam.
The good news is midfielder Hellen Chanda, who also limped off against Kenya, has recovered and is in the 18-member travelling part to Tanzania.
The Zambians are also boosted by the availability of defender Lushomo Mweemba and attacking midfielder Rachel Kudananji who both missed the Kenya friendly due to administrative reasons.
The return is scheduled for Sunday, 8 April 2018 at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka, with the winner over both legs facing either Namibia or Zimbabwe for a place at the final tournament scheduled for 17 November to 1 December 2018 in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Cape Coast. The top three teams will represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Wednesday, 4 April 2018
Senegal vs Algeria
Libya vs Ethiopia
Congo vs Central African Republic
Kenya vs Uganda
Tanzania vs Zambia
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Namibia vs Zimbabwe
Friday, 6 April 2018
Morocco vs Cote d’Ivoire
Lesotho vs Swaziland
Saturday, 7 April 2018
*Sierra Leone vs Mali
Burkina Faso vs Gambia