Mwape hails copper queens

By Staff Reporter

Zambia Women National Team coach Bruce Mwape says getting maximum points in their first game of the Africa Women Cup Of Nations (AWCON) has boosted the morale of the girls.

Mwape told that the team got a good result by beating Equatorial Guinea 5-0 during the ongoing continental tournament in Ghana and that there was still room for improvement.

“I want to say it was a good result but my overall opinion is we still need to improve. All we wanted was maximum points for our first game to give morale. Mostly, I want to give credit to the players for doing what was required of them on the field,” said Mwape

Zambia’s next game will be on Wednesday against defending champions, Nigeria who lost 1-0 to South Africa in their first game.

“This chapter is closed, we shall now prepare for Nigeria. The bottom line is that football is played 90 minutes, they will maintain their stance of not underrating any team in the competition. We are not playing names of teams and if people think Nigeria is untouchable well and good. Our mission here is to qualify to the World Cup,” he said.

And Equatorial Guinea coach Jeanpaul Mbila said they had problems with Confederation of African Football (CAF) and did not prepare adequately.

“We had problems with CAF, we were 95% ready and we worked together as a team. Congratulations to our opponents they worked hard and deserved the win. I accept the defeat,” said Mbila

He added that football needed good time to prepare and that his team only prepared for four days.