Copper Queens boss not happy with the Botswana draw
Copper Queen’s coach Beauty Mwamba says she is not happy that her charges missed the opportunity to get a win over Botswana in their final Group B encounter played at the Wolfson Stadium on Wednesday.
Mwamba said that she was disappointed that Zambia had missed the penalty stressing that it was due to casualness in the way Rachel Nachula took the penalty.
“Am not happy that my player missed a penalty because our plan was to at least get an early goal. We wanted to score in the first half so that we can just contain them in the second half. We wanted to get maximum points,” Mwamba said.
The Copper Queens failed to find the back of the net in their third match at the COSAFA Women’s Championship after having scored a total of 18 goals in their first two matches against Mauritius (15-0) and Namibia (3-2).
In the second half, Zambian striker Rachel Nachula missed a penalty that was awarded to the Copper Queens in the 78th minute of the match. NaChula’s failure to convert from the spot meant that she missed the chance to go top of the Top Goalscorers chart and still remains level on eights goals with Malawi’s Linda Kasenda.
However, Mwamba is confident that her team will put up a good battle in the Semi-final encounter against Botswana tomorrow (Thursday).
“We can do better in the next round, we had rested one midfielder and one striker due to yellow cards they received against Namibia we didn’t want to risk them. For the semi finals, we just need a win, so we’ll go for an outright attack,” Mwamba said.
Zambia and Botswana played out to a nil-all draw in a match the Copper Queens missed a host of chances to get a win. Zambia finished top of Group B with seven points level on points with Botswana but topped the group on goal difference.
The Copper Queens will take on Botswana on Thursday in the semifinals of the COSAFA Women’s Championship. The match is scheduled to kick off at 12:30Hrs at the Wolfson Stadium. The other semifinal encounter will be between defending and five times champions South Africa and Zimbabwe who have won the competition once.
Zambia is yet to win the COSAFA Women’s Championship but has finished as the best third-placed team on three occasions.
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