Junior Copper Queens: A legacy on track
The Zambia U20 Women’s National team had a decent and impressive run at the just ended inaugural COSAFA U-20 Women’s championship despite losing 2-1 in the final against Tanzania.
The young girls lost but what won hearts was how they tactically played their games. Coach Charles Haalubono drilled a crop of players who understood one aspect of the game which lacked at feminine Junior levels for some time now, teamwork.
It’s understandable because structures at youth stages in Zambia are not so organized hence it’s important to look at the indicators being achieved at regional levels to help point in which direction women’s football in Zambia is heading.
Grassroots football is the best place to see improvement and growth progress. Moreover, the coordination of team play on actual matchdays portrayed by the junior shepolopolo stood out very well, capped with (of course) individual contributions from the likes of Mary Mambwe and Diana Banda, Maylan Mulenga, Thelma Phiri, Salome Phiri, Evarine Susan Katongo just to mention but a few.
With the U20 now given a bigger platform to test their progress at the All African Games slated for the 18th of August in Morroco, the main ambition is to ‘maintain’ consistency in this promising team. Silver medals were what the girls obtained at the just ended COSAFA U20 championship, but a progressive legacy is surely right on track.
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