PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Chipolopolo Qatar Mission in Motion

We are back this week riding on the wave of momentous occurrences in the history of our great nation. Zambia has a new President and consequently new FAZ patron, His Excellency Hakainde Hichilema. Congratulations to new FAZ patron and we look forward to an excellent working relationship. Zambians have demonstrated once again that they are a shining example on the continent in their exercising of their right to elect leaders peacefully. We can only wish the victors God’s grace as they lead this great nation. We like everybody else are expectant that sports and football will tap in this refreshing turn of events.

Back to football, the draws for the Cosafa 2021 Women’s Championship that will be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa from September 15-26.

Zambia is in Group C alongside Namibia, Eswatini and guest team Uganda.

As we have always done, we will do our best to prepare the team for the tournament that has been elusive despite many years of participation. The 2019 runners up position remains our best performance. We hope we can build on the momentum of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to do better at the tournament.  the resumption of our Women’s Super League will give our team a better chance to match fit during the tournament. our women’s league is going on well in its inaugural season. We remain hopeful that we will have a sponsor on board to ensure that burden is eased from the owners of these clubs. We are also happy that Green Buffaloes Women’s Club will represent our nation at the inaugural Cosafa Women’s Champions League. winners of this competition will qualify to the CAF Women’s Champions League. all these developments make us hopeful that our Copper Queens will qualify to the Africa Cup and World Cup once the qualifiers commence. We will continue to sustain the women football revolution and will continue to count of the masses to let it grow.

The Chipolopolo boys are in the thick of preparations for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and are expected to leave for a 10-day camp in Morocco. We have impressed on the Beston Chambeshi led technical bench to ensure that they take the back-to-back assignments seriously. Zambia will be away to Mauritania on September 3 and host Tunisia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium three days later in Group B matches. We wish the boys the best of luck.

 

Have a productive week and remember to observe the Covid-19 guidelines!

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