Copper Queens Unfazed by Cancelled Friendly…Mwape calls for focus

The international friendly match between Zambia and Great Britain has been cancelled due to complications linked to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The Copper Queens were due to play Great Britain comprising England, Scotland, and Wales players at the Stoke City stadium on July 1, 2021, as part of preparations for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Head coach Bruce Mwape described the cancellation as a minor setback, before urging his players to focus on the tournament which kicks-off in less than a month.

The Copper Queens are in Group F alongside China, Brazil and Netherlands at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 which will run from July 21-August 6, 2021.

“I am sure that before we start the tournament, we will be able to play one or two friendlies when we get to Tokyo. We should get ready for the tournament especially the first game against Netherlands and if we can manage to win the first game, we will be okay,” Mwape said.

The squad has been trimmed from 32 to 24 players with Mwape hinting that the final squad will be announced ‘in the coming days’.

The team that has been in camp for three months continues to intensify their local preparations with a practice match against a Heroes Select side before facing the Young Green Buffaloes men’s team next week.

All the foreign based players have joined camp with Mwape working with all the players he requires for the Tokyo assignment.

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