Zambia U20 Women's national team midfielder Evarine Suzeni Katongo is confident the young Copper Queens will qualify to 2020 Costa Rica/Panama FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Luyando Foundation playmaker says the team is working hard and putting in a lot of effort to make sure they don't disappoint the fans.
“The competition is quite tough, we are putting more effort for us to win this game. We are going to do our best,” she said.
“We do not want to disappoint our country and our fans. So we are going to put more effort to win this game.”
“We just have to put more effort and lift our country and we have so much confidence that we are going to qualify for the World Cup,” she added.
Katongo who was very influential in the young Copper Queens road to clinching silver in the first-ever COSAFA U20 Women's Championships has scored five goals and set up three others in the current Lusaka FAZ Women's League in just three games.
Zambia will face South Africa in a two-legged tie in the first round. They will host South Africa on January 18 before traveling for the away fixture on the weekend of January 31 to February 2.
The winner between Zambia and South Africa will play either Namibia or Botswana in the next round. Two more rounds will be played thereafter in the race to the FIFA World Cup. Only two teams will make it to the tournament.
FULL PROVISIONAL SQUAD
Anna Mukumbuta (YASA Girls), Emmanuela Napange (Nkwazi Queens), Karen Kawina (Police Doves-Solwezi)
Lillian Matavu (Nkwazi Queens), Rhoda Nakanyika (YASA Girls), Diana Banda, Constance Kamusa (both BUSA), Elizabeth Mupeso (Defender), Bertha Imponene (Progress), Thelma Phiri (Indeni Roses), Esther Mwiche (Nchanga), Lillian Kunda (Zesco), Chione Mwanza (Petauke),
Towela Nkhata (Nkwazi Queens), Ochumba Oseke (Red Arrows), Salone Phiri (BUSA), Thandiwe Ndhlovu (Zesco), Evarine Katongo (Luyando Foundation), Loveness Malunga (Liso Girls), Faustina Ndelelwa (Livingstone Youth), Lungowe Namasiku (Musport-Choma),
Maylan Mulenga (Green Buffaloes), Siyomara Mapepa (Nkwazi Queens), Mary Mambwe (Red Arrows), Christine Kalenge (Moba Queens), Matildah Muluka, (Luyando Foundation), Agness Phiri (Petauke), Edith Chimwasu (Police Doves)