Hats Off to Copper Queens on Olympic Run
This week commences in the middle of a fast-paced Olympic tournament. Our Copper Queens have won many hearts on and off the pitch so far. They have played two games in Group F losing 10-3 to Netherlands and drew 4-4 with China.
While any loss in football may be disappointing, we still take our hats off to the Olympic debutants led by captain Barbara Banda who has hit headlines with her scoring exploits. Barbara has scored two hat-tricks which has seen her break multiple records. She became the first African female footballer to score a hat-trick at the Olympics and improved on that record on Saturday with another that saw her become the first player to score two consecutive hat-tricks at the Olympics. The only other female footballer to score two hat-tricks scored them in two different tournaments. We are proud of her and the entire team that has courageously flown the African flag high. They fought bravely against the Dutch team that is ranked fourth in the world and the Chinese that stand 15th on the global charts. We have no doubt that arising from this exposure many of our girls will be spotted by scouts in various top leagues. With the structures that we are putting in place, I believe that this experience will be a turning point in the development of the women’s game. We recently launched a FAZ Women’s Super League that will help in giving more talented girls an opportunity to play regular football. With Cosafa introducing a Women’s Champions League, it opens the doors for our clubs to also showcase their talent beyond our borders. CAF has also lined up an inaugural Women’s Champions League which is in tandem with our hopes of growing our women’s game to higher levels.
As the Copper Queens take on Brazil in the final Group F match on Tuesday, we have no doubt that they be able to showcase their talent to the rest of the world. Their chase for a quarterfinal place is still within reach and we will be rooting for them. I implore everyone to keep supporting our women’s team as they fly our flag higher. We have no doubt they will represent the continent well.
Have a pleasant week and remember to observe all the Covid-19 guidelines.