Good Start for the Copper Queens, But The Hard Work Lies Ahead
Greetings our football family. We begin this week on the back of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations for Women (WAFCON) in Morocco. Our Copper Queens were in action last night and stoically represented our flag with a hard fought for 0-0 draw with the indomitable lionesses of Cameroon. It could not have been easier given that Cameroon is ranked second on the continent while Zambia is 13th but with the growing fearsome reputation of the Copper Queens on the continent, we are able to begin to believe and dream of glory.
We have encountered some challenges around player eligibility for the competition, but we have now focused on the 22 soldiers chosen to do battle for Zambia. Naturally, we are in the background seeking redress on the circumstances surrounding some of our players.
We are constrained from explicitly discussing some of the issues as they hinge on ethics and the right to privacy of the individuals involved. However, for now we would like to urge our team to remain focused before the game against Tunisia on Wednesday and the final fixture against Togo.
We also urge the fans to rally behind the team and spread positivity around the team. The girls have been at two successive WAFCONs and can no longer be considered rookies at this level.
The ultimate goal is FIFA World Cup qualification which will be attained by the four semi-finalists at the 2022 WAFCON. Having already attained Olympic qualification, our target is FIFA World Cup qualification.
Away from women football, the Chipolopolo are hard at work preparing for the 2022 Cosafa Cup that commences tomorrow in Durban. Zambia will join at the quarterfinal stage. Coach Aljosa Asanovic and his lieutenants are quietly shaping up at the state-of-the-art University of Lusaka (UNILUS) Stadium. The UNILUS Stadium model is one we can adopt for our stadia projects in future.
The technical bench has twin targets of preparing for the Cosafa and the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers.
The CHAN away tie in Maputo is on July 24 while the home tie will be staged four days later in Lusaka at National Heroes Stadium.
The two assignments are a perfect opportunity for the local players to shine and fight for the players in the main Chipolopolo.
Happy holidays and remember to observe the Covid-19 guidelines!