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It was only a practice match besides we were not ready says Shepolopolo coach

Shepolopolo coach Bruce Mwape has played down the importance of his teams seven nil bashing at the hands of the lionesses of Cameroon.

The copper queens were handed a devastating seven nil humiliation but head coach Bruce Mwape is not very moved.

“Going by the standard of play we were at 40% while our opponents were at 60%. The result is not a true reflection of how we have been planning or the way they played. They got frustrated especially with the poor referring . The referees allowed the first two goals to stand. The other contributing factor was that we tried to give everyone chance to play. It was not a serious match like the one we played in Zambia it was just a practice match were we allowed everyone to play as we had agreed with our Cameroonian counter parts,” Mwape said shortly after the match.

Mwape revealed that his team was not ready to play the match but he had to literally force them to gauge how well they can contain pressure.

“Our girls were not ready to play this game we just forced them to play. We just wanted to see if they can contain the pressure and catch up with those who have been here for long,” he said.

The game was the third meeting in recent past between the two with Cameroon winning two and losing one. It was the copper queens biggest defeat in recent memory.

Mwape however doesn’t want his players to ready to much into the loss.

” This loss should not get into the minds of players because it can destroy them if they take it too seriously. It should give them an idea of what to expect when we get to Ghana. The West Africans are always serious with these kind of competitions. Once we concentrate and look for goals we will get somewhere especially the final which is our target,” he said.

“We are almost there but we still have a problem with individual defending and on the wings we still have some problems that we are working on,” he added.

Spain based forward Barbara Banda was also part of the team and Mwape feels she does not need any time to settle as she has always been with the squad.

” With Barbara Banda their is no issue she has always been with the team,” he said.

Zambia only have five days to get over this huge defeat and be ready for their first game against Equatorial Guinea as they embark on their quest to qualify for the World Cup.

 

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13 Comments to It was only a practice match besides we were not ready says Shepolopolo coach

  1. David Chawinga says:

    Mr coach, these excuses are really sickening! Just be for the much you said you were ready for the match but after the bashing and clobbering, you turn around and say you were not ready.if you were not ready, why then didnt you turn down the invitation?? Were you forced by Cameroon to play?? Those are lame excuses and please Bruce learn to be professional and concede defeat while you work on your team”s weaknesses.Otherwise i foresee an embarrassing outing and early exit from that tornament.

    • Bsimms says:

      You are spot on this kind of attitude from the coach is unacceptable. His tacktics were exposed and he wants to claim he forced the players. A good coach would ensure that who ever is not ready to play should be dropped.

      Guinea is probably salivating & relishing to face Shepolopolo! Hope the coach is psyching the girls for battle. Guinea has not prepared adequately as they were not sure they will play at this tournament…

      Zambia should take advantage of this and fight for maximum points failure to which NIGERIA WILL HAVE A PARTY AFTER GUINEA IS DONE WITH US!

  2. Bsimms says:

    “The West Africans are always serious with these kind of competitions.”

    HOW CAN A COACH EVEN SAY SUCH A THING AFTER SUCH HUMILIATION? THE CHARACTER AND ATTITUDE OF THE TEAM WILL BE SEEN AGAINST GUINEA WHO HAVE NOT PREPAEED ADEQUATELY AS THEY WERE IN LIMBO WITH REGARDS THEIR PARTIVIPATION.

    NO EXCUSES FAZ HAS DONE EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THE WOMEN ADJUST TO THE WEATHER IN THE NORTHWESTERN PART OF AFRICA.

  3. Bsimms says:

    Looking foward to Super Sunday after Utd’s humiliation at City’s hands earlier this week!

    I hope Sven & his Lads in Maputo as well as the Women in Ghana will do me proud this weekend. Looking foward to the double header.

  4. Sibs says:

    Silly excuses from the Coach.The team was just beat give credit to your opponents and respect them. Otherwise you won’t learn form your mistakes. Shh!!

  5. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    Knowing some Zambian men apa limbi kwaliba uku balaya po aba iche

  6. Lukanga Kafusha Justice says:

    Uku balya po

  7. Nostra says:

    Why bring in Bruce Mwape???? These girls had a fantastic female coach at cosafa a month ago. She was super motivating. You bring in fi failed male coaches. This is abuse of women. They will pay the losing Bruce Mwape 10 times more money than they could have given to a winning female coach.
    Fi FAZ ukutumpa.

  8. Julio says:

    Very silly excuses coach. Poor choice of words. Is this the kind of statement coming from an AFCON bound coach? I know he tried to take the pressure off the girls but such statements are truly careless. He could taken it as learning curve, but he goes on and on justifying the result.

  9. Bsimms says:

    I equally thought the woman coach should have been given a chance to be oit there with the team. Hope she is part of the coaching team.

  10. Bsimms says:

    What time is the game?

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