Nali eyes qualification to Tokyo… Says the team does not want to disappoint the country

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By Aaron Mubanga Jnr | February 10, 2020

Zambia Women’s national team goalkeeper Hazel Nali is full of confidence ahead of the two back to back Tokyo 2020 Olympic final round qualifiers against Cameroon.

Nali believes the team that will put in the best shift during their preparations will win the match.

The Copper Queens have only conceded in one game during the qualifiers away to Kenya and the Green Buffaloes shot-stopper it’s a motivating factor and morale booster for the team.

“Everything is going well as we prepare for this game we have. Everyone knows that this is a big game, We have not reached before and considering that they are only two teams remaining in the qualifiers and everyone is up to us. We just have to put in the best because the one who will need it most will win and qualify for the Olympics,” she said.

“We did well last year and it’s a plus and it’s giving us morale since we only conceded in one game. Everyone knows we have to work hard to qualify for the Olympics.”

She is confident they can beat Cameroon despite them being arguably the best team in Africa.

Nali says everyone in the team is putting in their best so as to not disappoint the fans and the entire country who are behind them.

” Everything is set and we know the country is looking up to us and that’s why every one of us is doing the best in training because we don’t want to disappoint our supporters and the country. We just need to push hard and God will do the rest, ” she told the ZamFoot Crew.

“Yes Cameroon is a big team but in football, the one who prepares well gets the match. We played them at COSAFA twice and we beat them and they beat us so I think we are just on average. Looking at the stage we are and the teams that have been eliminated like Nigeria, We believe we are the best and we will carry the day,” She added.

The Copper Queens will be away to Cameroon on March 5th and will host them four days later in Lusaka.

Winner over two legs will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games while the losing team will engage in a play-off with Chile.