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I would rather have a Zambian to help us than a foreign coach roars Bruce Mwape

Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape doesn’t understand why fans say he is not good enough tactically.

While there are genuine concerns about his tactics Mwape is the most successful coach in women football on the continent.

He is the only coach who has guided the national team to each every major tournament since he took over the reigns of the Copper Queens six years ago.

Under his tutelage, the Copper Queens have qualified to three Women’s African Cup of Nations (2018, 2022 & 2024), two Olympics (2020, 2024) and the Women’s World Cup (2023).

That’s six major tournament plus a Cosafa Women’s Cup title.

Despite these achievements, debate continue to rage about his tactical acumen.

Ahead of the World Cup last year in Australia/New Zealand, the Football Association of Zambia roped in an American Lisa Cole as Technical Director as well as former Chelsea boss, now in charge of Zambia Men’s national team Avram Grant to offer technical support.

Apart from an emphatic victory over Germany in the lead to the tournament, there’s nothing to show.

“People say we don’t have good tactics, me up to now I don’t understand the tactics they talk about,” Mwape wondered

“if it means we look for somebody to assist, we have qualified Zambian coaches, I would rather ask for a Zambian coach to help us in terms of tactics,” he added.

Looking at how much FAZ spent for Cole’s supposedly expertise compared to the Copper Queens’ performance in New Zealand, it might not be wrong to go with Mwape’s suggestion.

Mwape has named his final team for this month’s Paris 2024 Olympics.

Zambia is in the same group with USA, Germany and Australia

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