Friday, June 21, 2024

It’s a fair draw – Barbra Banda unnerved by Olympics group draw

Facing Brazil be it in men’s or Women’s football is no easy endeavor but  Zambia Women national team skipper Barbra Banda believes the Copper Queens group for the Tokyo Olympics is a fair one given that every team and group at the tournament are tough.

The Copper Queens were on Wednesday drawn in Group F alongside Brazil, Netherlands, and China who will set an Asian record with their sixth participation at the biggest sports festival that kicks off in July.

Banda is optimistic the team will be ready come July as they are putting in a lot of work in preparations.

“All the groups and all the teams are tough, It is just a fair draw. We were expecting anything from the draws, we definitely have to meet all the teams that are there,” she said.

“The preparations are going well, we are still in camp, we shaping up. We are working on one or two things that we are lacking and everyone is pushing hard.”

“I believe the team will be ready, we have time to prepare, We have to prepare adequately and work on areas we are lacking in,” she added.

Coach Bruce Mwape’s lasses are currently in camp preparing for the tournament. They started their preparations in November last year when they beat Chile 2-1 before going on to lose 3-1 to South Africa earlier this month.

The Olympics will officially run between 24 July and 9 August 2021, but sporting action kicks off two days before the opening ceremony with preliminary women’s football matches set to light up the occasion for various sports disciplines.

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  1. These girls will do it given adequate preparations FAZ should engage the government for extra funding they should play teams like Japan and Korea and any reputable teams in Europe to have advance feel of Asian and European football since they already have South American style of play these girls are fearless and another advantage they have is that there will be no spectators so they will meet any team head on mind you they will be backed by the whole African continent since they are the only African country representative go for it girls and shock the world and you can do it

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