We are going to compete – Mubanga

Spain based striker Hellen Mubanga says the Copper Queens will compete to win matches and not just be participants at the Tokyo 2020 games (to be played in July 2021).

The Zaragoza Club de Futbol Femenino (CFF) striker, who netted the winner when Zambia beat Cameroon 2-1 (4-4 on aggregate) at Nkoloma stadium in the final qualifying round of the CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, said the debutants are capable of performing well in Tokyo.

“We expect nothing but the best from all of us, we are going there to compete not just to participate so we will work together as a team and we are going to do better I believe,”  Mubanga said.

“The first game is always important, we obviously have to start with a win (against Netherlands) and that’s what we expect, nothing more nothing less just a win.”

She said the team will continue working hard in order to be tournament ready.

“Everything is fine, we hope to have more friendlies and prepare more adequately before we leave and everything else shall follow,” she added.

The Copper Queens are in Group F alongside China, Brazil and Netherlands at the women’s football tournament which gets underway on 21 July.

The top two teams and the two best third-place finishers from three groups will qualify to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

On her experience in the Reto Iberdrola with Zaragoza CFF where she plays with country mate Rachael Nachula, Mubanga said her debut season was challenging but exciting for both her and the club.

“It’s a new place, new environment and we had to adapt although it was not easy but with time everything is going to be fine,” Mubanga said.

“We had a good season, unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the top but hopefully we make it next season but we did well.”

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