Tanzania U17 Women’s National Team Head Coach Hilda Joseph Masanche admits her side made costly defensive mistakes as they slumped to a devastating defeat to Zambia on Saturday.
Serengeti Girls lost 5-0 to Zambia at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium in the first leg of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, first round game.
A brace from skipper Zangose Blessings Zulu and a goal from Zaliya Mwanza gave the home side a comfortable lead in the first half.
Second half goals from striker Bwalya Chileshe and substitute Ruth Muwowo put the result beyond Serengeti Girls.
After the game, Masanche admitted they conceded too many goals and blamed the result on poor marking and decision making for her side’s downfall.
“It is a bad result for us because we have conceded many goals. Technically, marking was the major issue, we committed many mistakes. Our opponents were able to use space especially through long balls that they dropped behind the defence line. We conceded a majority of the goals that way.”
“In the end, we had many chances, some of which were clear, but our strikers failed to use them. If we look at the whole game technically, there are things to work on, but a lot in those areas I identified.”
“We will hold a meeting to analyse important areas that had problems in order to fix them. We also developed those areas where we were better. It’s not that the game was so bad, because most of the goals that happened were our own mistakes. That’s why I said there are areas that we will go to work on to correct the mistakes that happened.
“If you look at the first goal, the second goal, they all used our defender’s back position. Those places where you find that we can be two against one or one on one, but what kind of decisions can you save, those were the problem areas.”
Serengeti Girls will host Zambia at Chamazi Complex in the second leg of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers, first round on Saturday.
The aggregate winner will face the aggregate winner between Uganda and Cameroon in the third round of the qualifiers.
The third round of qualifiers are scheduled between May 10 and 12, with the return legs set for May 17–19, 2024. The final round will officially take place between June 7–9 for the first legs. The best three teams that win after the fourth round will qualify for the 2024 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to take place in the Dominican Republic.