It was only a practice match besides we were not ready says Shepolopolo coach
Shepolopolo coach Bruce Mwape has played down the importance of his teams seven nil bashing at the hands of the lionesses of Cameroon.
The copper queens were handed a devastating seven nil humiliation but head coach Bruce Mwape is not very moved.
“Going by the standard of play we were at 40% while our opponents were at 60%. The result is not a true reflection of how we have been planning or the way they played. They got frustrated especially with the poor referring . The referees allowed the first two goals to stand. The other contributing factor was that we tried to give everyone chance to play. It was not a serious match like the one we played in Zambia it was just a practice match were we allowed everyone to play as we had agreed with our Cameroonian counter parts,” Mwape said shortly after the match.
Mwape revealed that his team was not ready to play the match but he had to literally force them to gauge how well they can contain pressure.
“Our girls were not ready to play this game we just forced them to play. We just wanted to see if they can contain the pressure and catch up with those who have been here for long,” he said.
The game was the third meeting in recent past between the two with Cameroon winning two and losing one. It was the copper queens biggest defeat in recent memory.
Mwape however doesn’t want his players to ready to much into the loss.
” This loss should not get into the minds of players because it can destroy them if they take it too seriously. It should give them an idea of what to expect when we get to Ghana. The West Africans are always serious with these kind of competitions. Once we concentrate and look for goals we will get somewhere especially the final which is our target,” he said.
“We are almost there but we still have a problem with individual defending and on the wings we still have some problems that we are working on,” he added.
Spain based forward Barbara Banda was also part of the team and Mwape feels she does not need any time to settle as she has always been with the squad.
” With Barbara Banda their is no issue she has always been with the team,” he said.
Zambia only have five days to get over this huge defeat and be ready for their first game against Equatorial Guinea as they embark on their quest to qualify for the World Cup.
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