Thursday, December 7, 2023

I think we will have a good experience and exposure – Banda 

Zambia Women’s National Team captain Barbra Banda believes the team will have a good tournament at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Banda who was speaking after the team arrived in New Zealand said the team wants to have a good experience and exposure at the biggest Women’s Football fiesta on the planet. 

Banda reiterated her earlier sentiments that the teams’ aim is to get out of the group and possibly go all the way. 

When asked about the win over Germany the Olympics history maker said the win was important for the team. 

“It was a good game for us and good preparation for the World Cup. Germany is a big team and we really pushed to get the win which was very important for us,” she said. 

“Our aim and target as a team is to get out of the group and maybe go all the way.”

“It’s amazing for our first time here, I think we will have a good experience and exposure.The World Cup is a very huge tournament, we are very happy as a team and want to do well,” she added. 

The Shanghai Shengli forward says the team will now look to adapt and acclimatise to the weather in New Zealand quickly. 

Banda also revealed that the morale in camp was very high ahead of the first game. 

“We want to adapt quickly and acclimatise to the weather. 

“As players our mind is just focused on the pitch and leave the rest to the management. Our job is just on the pitch. 

The people back home are proud and we are happy that they are.”

“We are very ready and the morale in camp is high, everyone is excited and we are just waiting for the first game,” she added. 

Placed in Group C, alongside Spain, Japan, and Costa Rica, Zambia will step onto the global stage on July 22, 2023, against the formidable team from Japan. Four days later, they will face Spain, followed by a clash with Costa Rica on July 31, 2023.

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