Heads up girls we have a semifinal to win- Skipper Barbara Banda tells Copper Queens
Zambia Women’s national team captain Barbra Banda believes the Copper Queens will bounce back after Monday’s minor set back after they went down 1-0 at the hands of Malawi.
The 2020 China Taiping CFA Women’s League was speaking after a training session this morning. Banda narrated to the ZamFoot Crew that the players’ mood was down after the loss as they feared they were eliminated.
The Bauleni United Sports Academy product says she is taking it upon herself to lift the team spirit ahead of the crucial encounter against Botswana on Thursday.
“The training was not so much cause we just did recovery looking at yesterday’s game we played we just had to do recovery this morning waiting for the afternoon session,” she said.
The mood when we played the game yesterday everyone was low but fortunately we are through to the semifinals so everyone is looking forward and we are heads up to the semi-finals which we want to win against Botswana
“I always have to talk to my players every time, Am determined, Whether we lose or win we have to be focused and look forward to what comes next, we thought we were out but If our morale goes down and we are through to the semi-finals if I don’t encourage them then my players will keep on being in a bad mood so it’s my duty to talk to them, encourage them about the game, each game we play we have to be focused,” she added.
The Former Green Buffaloes Women’s football club forward also called on the fans to have faith and continue supporting the team.
“They were disappointed but all I can say to them is keep there heads up and keep supporting us we will still deliver the good results its the name of the game we lose some, we draw some and win some, so they just have to keep supporting us and we will deliver good results,” she said.
The semifinals will see the defending champions South Africa clash with Malawi in the second semifinal on Thursday, while before that Botswana will take on Zambia in an early kick-off.
12h00 (10h00 GMT) – Botswana vs Zambia
15h30 (13h30 GMT) – South Africa vs Malawi
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