Sunday, July 14, 2024

Kamanga warns against Corruption in the selection of World Cup team

By Henry Mbewe 

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga has sent a stern warning to those entrusted in the selection of the 2023 Australia- New Zealand FIFA Women’s world cup bound squad not to entertain corruption. 

The Zambia Women’s National Team beat Nigeria at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to finish third securing a World Cup slot. 

Kamanga said the team going to the world cup is still open and competitive and no corruption in the selection of players will be entertained. 

Speaking During the 2023 FAZ Central Province Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Kamanga stated that the selection of players should not be based on club representation but on position in the team and if any region has players that they feel can contribute to national team his office is ready to act. 

“If you believe there are players who deserve to be in the national team, let’s have such information. We don’t want corruption, the final team selection that will go to the World  Cup will be subjected to selection, not even trials. We will even impose the third parties to select for us and we’ll compare what those who are entrusted will be doing. The whole idea is to remove the elements of corruption, because we really want to make sure that people go to represent the country purely on merit,” Kamanga said.

Meanwhile, the FAZ President announced that plans for the Copper Queens to have high profile friendly matches and an international camp have reached an advanced stage. 

Kamanga said Spain is the destined base for Copper Queens international camp where they will play some friendly matches to align with team’s in their group.  

Zambia is in Group C with Spain, Japan and Costa Rica at the 2023 Australia/New Zealand FIFA Women’s World  Cup.

Coach Bruce Mwape and his squad will head to South Korea later today where they will play two international friendly matches against that country on the 7th and 11th of April. 

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