Olympic Bound Copper Queens Secure Banyana, Harambee Starlets Friendlies

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has secured two international friendly matches for the Copper Queens as part of intensified preparations for the Tokyo 2020 (to be played in 2021) Olympic Games.

Zambia will play South Africa on April 10, 2021 in Johannesburg at Milpark Stadium before hosting the Harambee Starlets of Kenya this month end.

The Copper Queens are currently in camp as part of preparations for the Olympic Games.

FAZ has drafted an intensive program for the Copper Queens that has already seen them play Chile in an international friendly that the team won 2-1 in December 2020 in Santiago. The second scheduled match could not take place after some players tested positive for Covid-19.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala says the two friendly matches will help the technical bench gauge the strength of the squad.

“We are working hard to ensure that we prepare the senior women national team for the Olympics and other tournaments. FAZ will continue building the success that women football has recorded so far,” he says.

“We are happy the national league for women is already underway with three weeks played. The provincial leagues are also up and running which gives our development trajectory a great boost.”

The Copper Queens qualified to the Olympic Games for the first time and became the second team since 1988 when the men’s team made the Olympics.

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