Saturday, December 9, 2023

Irene Lungu eyes win over Switzerland

Zambia Women’s National Team midfielder Ireen Lungu believes a win over Switzerland in Friday’s international friendly will boost the team’s morale ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.


Lungu who joined the team Tuesday evening from her base in Kazakhstan said the Copper Queens need a game that will get them to winning ways in order to carry the positivity alongside the European camping programme.

Copper Queens midfield ace Irene ‘Xavi’ Lungu nicknamed the female Computer says a win for the COSAFA Champions over Switzerland on Friday will boost the team’s morale. 

Lungu who joined the team in the last 48 hours after completing her club engagements in Kazakhstan feels a win on Friday will help the team’s confidence heading into the Germany International friendly match. 

Lungu says the team just needs to work hard and utilise their chances against La Nati. 

“If we win the game against Switzerland, it will boost each and every player’s morale so that in the next (friendly) game against Germany, everyone will be on another level,” Lungu said.

“The only thing that we are supposed to do is to work together and to utilise all the chances that we are going to have against Switzerland. The (European) camp means a lot because it is on another level and it is part of the World Cup preparations.”

The Copper Queens have since shifted their base to Switzerland’s bilingual town of Bienne which will be the venue for Friday’s game. 

The Copper Queens will face off with Switzerland at 18h00 on Friday. 

Their final pre-World Cup warmup match will be against Germany on 7 July in Fürth. 

They open their campaign against Japan at Waikato stadium on 22 July. Spain will be next on the Copper Queens’ Group C schedule before playing their final group match against Costa Rica in Hamilton on 31 July.

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