WINING today’s encounter will be a boost for us to go all the way to the finals, says Shepolopolo head coach Bruce Mwape.
Shepolopolo this evening take on Equatorial Guinea in their opening Group B match of the Africa Women Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.
Mwape has also asked his players to avoid physical contact with their opponents who favour that kind of game.
I haven’t watched Equatorial Guinea playing any game but I know that they have played this competition beforeâ€¦they have even gone to the World Cup, Mwape said.
We are targeting maximum points. In the opening game, it’s better to collect the maximum points for you to have that hope of getting into the final stage.
Mwape said he would approach the game with caution.
We will not play an open game with them, we want to be a bit cautious. We will know when to move in because we don’t know their strength and weaknesses until maybe after the first 20 minutes. Our opponents depend on physical contact but our playersâ€¦we have told them to avoid body contact and work on the speed. We can beat them on speed but not where body contact is concerned, said Mwape.
The Shepolopolo however may be missing their skipper Barbara Banda as she has two yellow cards and the coach is awaiting instructions from CAF on whether she is eligible to play.
Nigeria and South Africa face each other in the other Group B match.