U-17 Women National Team coach Kangwa Kaluba expressed delight at his side starting the race to the Uruguay 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 5-2 win over Botswana.
Kaluba told Fazfootball.com that it was important for the girls to fare better on their first international assignment to grow their confidence.
“The girls worked very hard, they did very well in their first international assignment. They have shown that they are able to grasp the concepts what is remaining is for us to continue working hard on the areas where we noticed some gaps,” he said.
Kaluba said that the 5-2 win put his lasses in good stead for qualification to the next round with a return fixture coming up in a fortnight.
And his Botswana counterpart Gaebolae Tapaphiwa said that her team would overturn the 5-2 result in Gaborone.
Tapaphiwa said that some of the key players had missed out on the outing to Lusaka as they were writing examinations at school.
The two sides will meet in Gaborone in a fortnight with the winner qualifying to the next round where South Africa awaits.
Football Association of Zambia vice president Rix Mweemba was in the stands alongside committee member Brenda Kunda and acting general secretary David Tembo.
Tembo congratulated the players in the dressing room urging them to see out the entire qualification process in victorious style.
Zambia was at the FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica in 2014 at U-17 level and is working to replicate that feat.