FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga has expressed optimism about the national women’s football team, the Copper Queens, following their European camp.
The Zambian Women’s Team have were last week defeated by Ireland in a friendly that ended 2-3.
In his latest President’Corner updates, Kamanga acknowledged the challenges faced by the team but emphasized that the purpose of the high-profile friendly matches was to fine-tune the squad ahead of the FIFA World Cup.
“While any loss in football is painful, we must focus on the bigger picture,” Kamanga wrote. “These friendly matches have provided our technical bench with an opportunity to strengthen the team and prepare them better for the tournament and beyond.”
The Copper Queens have two more matches scheduled against Switzerland and Germany on June 30 and July 7, respectively, to further refine their tactics and performance before the World Cup commences.
Kamanga believes that these high-level opponents, who will also be participating in the World Cup, were deliberately chosen to provide the team with a stern test.
“Our expectation is that all 35 players will show their hunger and determination to secure a spot in the final 23-member squad as they prepare for this historic FIFA World Cup appearance.” Said Kamanga.
Copper Queens are in group C along with Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
Their opening match is scheduled for July 22 at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, followed by a clash against Spain on July 26 at Eden Park Stadium.
The tournament will conclude with a game against Costa Rica four days later, back at Waikato Stadium.
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba June, 26, 2023