The Zambia Women’s National Team suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Japan on Saturday in their opening match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Despite the heavy defeat, midfielder Evarine Susan Katongo had the most distance covered in the match according to the FIFA Website.
The Luyando Foundation Girls product covered 13.05km on the pitch, the most by any player from either side.
Katongo was all over the place running the entire 90 minutes helping out the defence in a match the Copper Queens mostly sat back and soaked up pressure from the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup winners.
With Zambia using mostly long balls Katongo was however not fully utilised and failed to be effective in such a style of play.
A brace from Hinata Miyazawa, and a goal each from Mina Tanaka, Endo Jun and Riko Ueki gave Japan a well deserved win.
Zambia return to the pitch on Wednesday to face Spain in a match they need to avoid defeat.
Zambia and La Roja face off at Eden Park with the kick off set at 09h30 Central African Time.