Zambia will progress to the second round of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers if they manage to beat Malawi in the return leg today.

The Copper Queens will face Malawi for the second time in seven days today where a simple victory guarantees them a place in the next stage to Road to Morocco.


Zambia will have a tough game at home, especially after they were held to a one-all draw by Malawi, in the first leg.

While the Copper Queens got a crucial away goal in Lilongwe last Wednesday, they will need to close the game in front of the home supporters at Nkoloma stadium.


Coach Bruce Mwape, who guided the same side at the Tokyo Games barely three months ago, has hinted there may be changes to the side that played last Wednesday. 
 
The tactician, however, must be reminded that the nation will be keenly waiting for another Independence Day present from him.

Of greater news for the tactician is the availability of defender Lushomo Mweemba who shook off an injury and will be ready to protect either Hazel Nali, Ng’ambo Musole or Catherine Musonda, from the central defence, if any of them grabs the glove for a starting role between the posts.

Agness Musesa Patricia Lampi will partner Mweemba while defenders Margaret Belemu and Martha Tembo are expected to take their right-back and left-back positions respectively. Margaret Mulenga is also available on the right.

In midfield, Mwape is likely to go for youth and experience in Under-20 skipper Susan Evarine Katongo, Elizabeth Mupeso, Milika Limwanya, Mary Wilombe or Lubasi Pumulo.

In attack, Mwape has Spain-based forward Rachael Kundananji to deploy alongside skipper Grace Chanda and towering striker Ochumba Oseke Lubanji.

Maylan Mulenga and Xiomara Mapepa are the other striking options.

Sabinah Thom, who scored the equalizer in the 1-1 draw, is expected to be handed a starting role. She will be supported by Jessie Yosefe and Fazila Chembekezo.

The winner of this aggregate match will face Namibia in the second and final round of the 2022 AWCON qualifiers.

CAF has allowed 2,000 spectators with charges pegged at K30 and K50 for open wing and grandstand respectively.