Bruce Mwape gives an update on players fitness levels
Zambia Women’s national team head coach Bruce Mwape has revealed that he will be working on the players’ fitness this whole week.
Mwape is concerned with the fitness levels of his players some of whom have even gained weight. The Copper Queens players have been out of action for over five months due to the Coronavirus epidemic which has affected the whole world.
“Today’s training was okay although we started our training yesterday because of some problems concerning the medicals because we were supposed to do the medicals on Monday then other players were not yet in so all the tests were conducted yesterday and our training started yesterday we had two sessions and today we will have two sessions,” Mwape told the ZamFoot Crew.
“That’s our challenge because most of our players have gained weight and are lacking fitness so we just have to work on their fitness levels.”
The Copper Queens gaffer also confirmed that Green Eagles forward Amira Njobvu is nursing an injury and the Technical bench is awaiting medical examination to determine the extent and how long she will be out.
Mwape summoned a number of youngsters from the U-20 national team as part of his squad that is preparing for the 2020 COSAFA Women’s tournament and two friendly matches against South American side Chile. Mwape is however yet to fully assess them as he is still working on the players’ fitness levels.
The team is expected to travel to South Africa in the next two weeks while Mwape is expected to name his final Squad in ten days’ time.
“Amira was not with the team because she has a knee injury hence she was asked to remain but the doctor will confirm in the afternoon, whether she will continue being with us or not,” he said.
“Yeah on those Juniors that we have called to join the team. We yet to assess them. In fact, this week will be basically for assessing the players in terms of Fitness. So when it comes to the tactical approach of the game or tactics rather, that’s when we’ll be able to assess whether they are ready to join the team that will travel to South Africa for the COSAFA tournament.”
“Time is short but we will try by all means to make sure we cover all the topics before we get to South Africa and I’m sure we’ll be able to do that, We will name a final team possibly next week Saturday or Sunday,” he added.
The 2020 COSAFA has set up a tentative calendar subject to the Covid-19 situation in the region that will see the tournament being played from October 19-31 in Port Elizabeth.
Thereafter, the Copper Queens will shift their concentration to an International friendly match against Chile slated for 28th November and 2nd December 2020 in Santiago.
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