Shepolopolo World Cup qualifier’s absence explained
The Football Association of Zambia have explained the reason behind Shepolopolo’s absence in the 2018 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, billed for France.
An Exco committee member, Brenda Kunda told Zamfoot Crew that Zambia had no team and FAZ could not risk entering the qualifiers with a makeshift side.
She however stressed that, the association is working on assembling a strong U-17 Women’s team to participate in future tournaments.
“We didn’t have a team. We had a senior team but we didn’t have an U-20 team and we are preparing an U-17 team,” said Miss Kunda.
She added, “We are going through a transition period. At the end of the day we don’t just enter a competition for the sake of entering. The objective is to ensure that you get favourable required results.”
Miss Kunda said, FAZ felt that since they were going through a transition period it was important to put all the structures in place for starters, so as to ensure that there solid structures for women football in Zambia.
The FAZ Exco member compared the men’s U-20 team structure started way back in 2012, which are now producing results, to the work in progress for women’s football.
“As you have noticed with the men’s U-20 football team, their structures now are taking shape and they started way back in 2012. Looking at the women football it hasn’t been consistent”
“So we fellt that, first let’s start with structures. Put structures in place so that when we enter a competition, the objectives should be made and the results should be seen” Miss Kunda concluded.
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