Saturday, July 13, 2024

Copper Queens to face New Zealand in a friendly 

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) have confirmed the first international friendly match for the Copper Queens ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics. 

The Copper Queens will face New Zealand on July 13th as their first friendly as they prepare for the global showpiece.

“The Zambia Women National Team will play New Zealand on July 13 in France in an international friendly match.

Coach Bruce Mwape’s team is expected to shift base to France for the final part of preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

FAZ General Secretary Reuben Kamanga says the game against New Zealand is one of the few that have been organised in line with the calibre of opponents in Group B.

“The Copper Queens will play the first international friendly match during the international camp against New Zealand in Lyon on July 13. The game will be played at the Stade Louis Darragon, Vichy,” Kamanga told FAZ Media.

“The team will play another high profile match that we will announce in due course. Our desire as always is to keep to the high standards of preparations that we have set for all our teams participating in international tournaments.”

Kamanga says New Zealand presents a good challenge having come off a World Cup which they co-hosted in 2023.

“Some of the foreign based players will join camp directly in France as their leagues are still active. We know that the Copper Queens now stand as an emerging force in the women’s game having played at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, won bronze at the Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) and played at the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Australia/New Zealand,” he says.

New Zealand is ranked 28th in the world while the Copper Queens are 65th on the global charts.

The Copper Queens will open their Olympics account on July 25 against the United States of America at the Stade de Nice before playing the Matildas three days later at the same venue. 

Zambia will play Germany on July 31 in St Etienne in the final Group B match.

Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubanga is a qualified Environmental Health Technologist| Editor in Chief of Zambia's biggest all local football website ZamFoot| Player manager for Copper Queens duo of Barbra Banda and Evarine Susan Katongo |Brand Ambassador for Betway|Talent Scout| Women's Football Ambassador| Blogger | Football Writer|

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