Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Copper Queens in $960, 000 boost for World Cup preparations

The Zambia Women’s national team has received a massive financial boost for their FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup preparations. 

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The Copper Queens have received $960 000 from the World Football governing body, FIFA to help with its preparations for the biggest Women’s Football showpiece. 

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala confirmed the development in an interview with Newsdiggers on Sunday, at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe. 

The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nation’s (WAFCON) bronze medalists are set to make their maiden appearance at the World Cup that will be co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia from July 20. 

Kashala said the association will ensure that the received funds are strictly used for the intended purposes, knowing FIFA funds have strict guidelines. 

“Yes, we received funding from FIFA to prepare the Copper Queens for the World Cup. What we received from FIFA is $960, 000 and that money is strictly for preparing the team for the World Cup,” Kashala told Newsdiggers. 

Coach Bruce Mwape is currently in camp with  a 33-member local-based squad to continue preparations for the World Cup. 

Copper Queens are expected to play at least one International friendly match during the FIFA international window next month.

The Copper Queens are in Group C alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica at the ninth edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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