The Zambia Women’s National Team returned to intensive training Saturday evening as they stepped up preparations for Monday’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup final Group C match against Costa Rica.
The team had a full training session at Korikori Park in Rototuna ahead of Monday’s showdown.
The Copper Queens will be looking to record their first-ever win at the World Cup and end the tournament with pride.
The COSAFA Champions suffered 5-0 defeats in their opening two games at the hands of Japan and Spain to end their World Cup adventure prematurely.
Coach Bruce Mwape will be looking to mastermind an historical win over Amelia Valverde’s Las Ticas who have also been booted out of the competition following two losses in their opening games.
Bruce Mwape will have to work on his disastrous defence that has been leaking goals to keep Costa Rica’s all-time leading scorer, Raquel Rodríguez at bay.
The midfielder who has reached the 100-cap milestone and scored 55 goals for the national team will be eager to breach the Zambia defence and net her first goal of the tournament.
The 29-year-old is a tenacious player on the field and a leader. She was the first Costa Rican woman to score in a World Cup, in their 1-1 draw with Spain on 9th, June 2015.
Mwape will look to skipper Barbra Banda to inspire the team and possibly lead them to their first ever win at the tournament.
Banda and Rachel Kundananji make up the threat going forward for Zambia.
The match against the Central Americans will be played on Monday 31 July at Waikato stadium in Hamilton from 09h00.