We Are Leaving No Stone Unturned-Kamanga
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says Football House is not leaving any stone unturned in preparing the Chipolopolo for the back-to-back Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mauritania and Tunisia.
And Kamanga says women football in Zambia has come of age following the Copper Queens strong showing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Featuring on popular SuperSport TV Show Soccer Africa where the KoPa brand was lauded, Kamanga said the Chipolopolo would have a two-week international camp before facing Mauritania on September 3 in Nouakchott.
“In terms of preparations, we are leaving no stone unturned. We are really trying to get to a point where we can deliver and make the Zambians happy with the performance of the senior national team,” he said.
Kamanga said the Chipolopolo were heading to Morocco for a 10-day training camp preceding the September 3 clash with Mauritania.
On the Copper Queens that won many hearts at the Tokyo 2020 Tokyo Olympics with their strong performances despite being the lowest ranked side at the tournament, he said the team was being positioned to qualify to the Africa Cup and FIFA World Cup.
“Zambian women football has really come of age and our plan is to build on the Olympic experience and now prepare for the Africa Cup for women and hopefully we can now qualify to the World Cup,” he said.
“We believe that we have got a strong team, we just have to give them more support in terms of technical support on the bench. Players we have, we just hope that we can continue to grow the women’s game. we have introduced Super League for women. We are giving it attention like the men’s team.”
Kamanga enthused about the soon to commence MTN Super League and Eden University National Division One.
“We are looking forward to a very exciting new season and we will even have a show for women’s football. These are the new things which will appear in the new season. We have done a lot of work with SuperSport; they will probably cover more games this season,” he said.
“It will be an exciting season and we just hope that it will give us more exciting games, discovery of new players. So, we are ready and looking forward to the new season.”
The prime sports show was briefly painted in KoPa as the home grown brand continues to break new grounds.
Zambia is in Group F alongside Tunisia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea.
Group winners will qualify to the final round that will have 10 teams playing two-legged ties with the five representatives for Africa making the trip to Qatar.