Mwape Elated by Banyana Friendly for Olympic Bound Copper Queens
Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape says Saturday’s international friendly match against South Africa is a perfect opportunity for him re-ignite the hunger to compete in his squad.
The Copper Queens will lock horns on Saturday at the Bidvest Wits stadium in Milpark, Johannesburg in the first international game for Zambia since beating Chile 2-1 in an international friendly in Santiago on December 29, 2020.
Speaking after Wednesday’s training session at Edwin Imboela stadium in Lusaka, Mwape said the match against Banyana Banyana will provide an opportunity for the new players to get a feel of the game and improve themselves.
“These are new players; it is better they face stiff competition like playing South Africa. South Africa is a good is a good side and we want them to give us a positive result,” Mwape said.
“This will help us in the selection of (final) players for the Olympics because the foreign based players will not be here for the matches against South Africa and Kenya due to commitments with their clubs.”
Mwape also hailed the introduction of the FAZ Women’s Super League, saying the league is providing high level matches and the necessary competition required in maintaining the fitness levels of players.
FAZ has launched a national league for women that has entered Week Three.
“The national league has come at the right time when we also want to assemble a strong team because we will now be able to watch them play in all towns so even our selection will not be as difficult as it was previously,” he said.
Leading FAZ Women’s Super League top scorer Theresa Chewe, striker Grace Chanda, defenders Lushomo Mweemba, Martha Tembo and midfielder Judith Zulu are some of the notables in the squad.
For this match in South Africa, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis has called a squad comprising mainly of locally based players who have been joined by the Spanish trio of Thembi Kgatlana, Amanda Mthandi and Noko Matlou.
Zambia will also play Kenya in the second international friendly match.