Zambia underlined their credentials ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with a 9-1 thrashing of Lusaka Dynamos Ladies Football Club in a friendly match played at National Heroes stadium in Lusaka.

The Copper Queens, who will be Africa’s sole representatives at the sports extravaganza in Japan, eased past the FAZ Women’s Super League side courtesy of two hat-tricks by skipper Barbara Banda and midfielder Ireen Lungu.

There were also goals from Grace Chanda, Spain based striker Rachael Nachula and Hellen Chanda while Lusaka Dynamos got their consolation courtesy of a long range strike by Towela Nkhata.

Defenders Martha Tembo and Lushomo Mweemba commanded the back well and striker Ochumba Oseke Lubanji produced an impressive performance which kept the Elite defenders awake.

Coach Bruce Mwape said the technical bench was impressed with the performance and is confident the players will work towards improving in all aspects of the game.

“This game was important because we want the players to gain more confidence when we are in possession of the ball because that is our key area and we want them to have that confidence of playing in matches such as these and against top sides,” Mwape said.

“The result also shows that we need more competitive games and a number of friendlies with national teams have been lined up in order to give the players adequate preparations.”

Zambia are in Group F alongside China, Brazil and Netherlands at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament and will kick-off the campaign against Netherlands on 21 July.


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