PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Chipolopolo Fully Engaged during FIFA Window
It is another Monday for us to brainstorm on the future of our beautiful game. This interaction comes in the middle of the FIFA window that initially was set out as the period for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. CAF deferred the qualifiers to September. As FAZ, we have not lost the opportunity to help our team prepare adequately for the September round of FIFA World Cup qualifiers by securing friendly matches for the Chipolopolo. The national team will play three top grade international matches during the June window with one match against Senegal already played. Our lads fell 3-1 to the Teranga Lions in Thies.
While results are important in international friendly matches, it is much more important for the technical bench to see a few more players before competitive games. It is not our place to talk about the technical aspects of the game but can be happy that we provided the technical bench with three international matches during this window. It is not an easy undertaking given the limitations that the Covid-19 presents. We are maybe the only team across the continent to have managed to organize three international games which we hope will help our lads shape up for future assignments. Our lads face Benin on Tuesday at the Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium in Cotonou. We wish the boys all the best on this assignment. The boys will conclude their tour of duty in Omdurman where they take on Sudan on June 11.
Away from the Chipolopolo we have also been busy working out a program for the Tokyo 2020 (to be played in 2021) Olympic Games bound Copper Queens. We have kept the team in residential camp for two months now. This has been to ensure that they remain focussed on the historic assignment that they will undertake in Tokyo. Secretariat will be making an announcement this week on the team’s preparatory engagement that will see them test themselves against top opposition. We have already given the team some friendly matches against Chile and South Africa with the Turkey tournament falling off. We are confident that the preparations being put together will give put our team in good stead for the Olympics where they will face Netherlands, Brazil and China.
As always have a productive week and remember to stay safe.