Copper Queens friendly match with Mozambique called off
The Copper Queens proposed friendly match against Mozambique has been called off after Mozambique pulled off due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FAZ Communications manager Sydney Mungala confirmed the development in an interview with the ZamFoot Crew.
The Copper Queens who are in camp preparing for the Olympics are however expected to play a few friendly matches against both African and non-African opposition with a European camp on the cards towards the Olympic tournament.
“We had arranged for a friendly game with Mozambique but our colleague decided to pull out arising from the COVID-19 situation on their part, we had no control over their pulling out but we still have a few more games for the Senior Women’s team to play on the continent and also beyond,” Mungala said.
” The dilemma has been that if we go and play a friendly game outside Africa and we don’t handle the COVID-19 situation very well it can lead to our team being stuck in another country and then we are preparing for the Olympics.”
“What is on the cards is that we hope to send the team for a camp preceding the tournament so that when they go they just from that base and go to Tokyo straight and we hope we can give them as many friendlies as possible,” he added.
Meanwhile, The Copper Queens are among 12 teams that have qualified for the Olympics and are the only representatives from Africa. Bruce Mwape’s lasses were drawn in Group F and will face Brazil who is making a seventh appearance at the tournament, Netherlands, and China who will set an Asian record with their sixth participation at the biggest sports festival that kicks off in July.
Coach Bruce Mwape’s lasses are currently in camp preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. They started their preparations in November last year when they beat Chile 2-1 before going on to lose 3-1 to South Africa earlier this month.
They went on to beat a local assemblage of Women football stars 4-1 in April after their proposed friendly match against Kenya was canceled.
The Olympics will officially run between 24 July and 9 August 2021, but sporting action kicks off two days before the opening ceremony with preliminary women’s football matches set to light up the occasion for various sports disciplines.
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