PRESIDENT’S CORNER: Well Done Copper Queens, Keep Soaring
If last week was explosive in football terms, then this week just takes that activity temperature to a new level. Our national teams, both male and female are competing on different fronts. The Copper Queens are keeping to their winning ways with two wins out of two matches so far at the 2021 Cosafa Women’s Championship. It has been a standout performance so far and we expect that the team will finish stronger in their final group match against Uganda. A 5-0 win over Eswatini amplified by a 3-0 bashing of Namibia puts the team in good stead for a semi-final place. This is particularly encouraging coming at the back of the under-20 women’s national team beating Malawi 6-0 in the first leg of the Costa Rica 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Our efforts towards improving the women’s game are slowly paying dividends and we will continue to build on the momentum. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic appearance remains a high point, but we are looking to bettering that milestone. We have set our sights on Africa Cup and World Cup qualification as we build on the successes achieved so far.
Away from the women’s game, the Chipolopolo have a monumental task in Central Africa where they play Equatorial Guinea away on Thursday in Malabo. We are mindful of the importance of the task at hand and have given the team credible preparations by sending them to Cameroon for an international camp. The Cameroon camp is to help the team acclimatize to the weather conditions in Equatorial Guinea which is an hour’s flight from Douala. We are grateful to government for having rendered some support to the team as it prepares for the back-to-back assignments.
We are also happy that Zambia has been struck off the red zone of the Covid-19 grading paving way for some of the players that would have been unavailable for the home match to travel. We urge the players to rise to the occasion and reciprocate all the efforts that have been put in place to ensure that the Chipolopolo performs according to expectations. We also urge the public to support the team as it chases the long elusive world cup dream that our country has yet to meet. While our immediate focus is on the Thursday match, we encourage fans wishing to watch Sunday’s home match at National Heroes Stadium to buy tickets from Shoprite outlets across the country through Computicket. CAF has only allowed 20, 000 fans making the availability highly restrictive. We have been responsive to the various income streams of fans and will make the tickets affordable to the humblest of our supporters.
Have a productive week and remember to observe the Covid-19 guidelines!