Copper Queens coach happy with COSAFA outing, Lobbies for sponsorship
The Zambia women’s National team coach Beauty Mwamba says she is proud with her team’s performance after they suffered a one-nil loss to the host nation South Africa in the 2019 Cosafa Women’s Cup final on Sunday at the Wolfson Stadium.
Mwamba is confident that Zambian Women football is heading in the right direction.
“I can say even if we lost that match, I mean we lost that match I could see that the girls did their best,they did put in their best even if there was a bit of communication breakdown here and there and just some loss of concentration but am proud of the girls that they were able to put up a good fight looking at the team we were playing against. They had the crowd on their side and the experience also we cannot match them but look at today’s performance I can say we are almost there, Am sure the next time we meet at this level we will be able to perform better than we did but am proud of the girls that at least they played well,” she said.
Mwamba feels Zambian women’s football is slowly developing as both the U-20 and the senior teams qualified to the finals. The U-20 lost the inaugural U-20 women’s COSAFA Cup to Tanzania losing 2-1 to the invited guest from East Africa.
“Just like you saw both teams reached the finals it means there is a lot of groundwork that is being done women’s football is developing slowly in Zambia and the level of competition it’s getting there. If you saw the way we played against South Africa the girls were determined and if we had also utilized the chances that we had we could have also scored but it’s just that we missed the chances,” She said.
A silver medal means a lot we are getting it for the first time we have never received this medal before so it means a lot going forward we will fight so that next time we get a gold medal it won’t be easy for Banyana if we are to meet again at that level- Mwamba
Mwamba went on to lobby for sponsorship for Women Football. In Zambia, most Women teams are run by individuals who sacrifice their own money to natural talent and make sure the games run smoothly.
“So like for Zambia Women football is developing slowly because in the past we used to have only two leagues which were running only in two regions but as at now, I can say we have almost six leagues now. Six regions are also competing at the end of the season they have to meet the champions, so a lot of girls are coming on board and they are putting in their best so all we just need is full sponsorship for the girls to really work hard,” she said.
“They (women footballers ) are developing slowly day by day they know what they want. Going to the Women Africa cup of nations last year also motivated the girls and we played Banyana and we drew 1-1 even in 2017 again we drew against Banyana so the girls know too that they can do better than they are doing. A lot of girls have started believing in themselves and we know some came for the first time and others were even playing for the first time at this level so it means a lot and the girls will develop as they go on so the experience that we get at this tournament will add to what we already have,” she added.
Zambia finished as runners up to South Africa winning their first-ever silver medals. Banyana Banyana, on the other hand, won their third title in a row and sixth overall.
Rachel Nachula won the golden boot awards thanks to her ten goals with Hellen Mubanga being named player of the tournament.
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