Mubanga happy with POTT despite missing out on golden boot
Zambia Women’s National Team Forward Helen Mubanga who was Voted as the Player of the tournament at the just ended COSAFA Women’s Championship in South Africa is happy that the team performed very well by making their first-ever appearance in the finals were they suffered a one-nil defeat at the hands of Banyana Banyana, Who made it three titles in a row.
Martha Makhubela scored the only goal of the match to deny Zambia her maiden title and instead settled for Silver medals as they finished as runners-up.
“The tournament was very good we managed to reach the finals for the first time it was not easy we played all the games we played well. It was just unfortunate that we could not win in the final against South Africa it was very tough. Even though we came out second we really wanted to be in the first position,” she said.
Speaking in an interview with the ZamFoot Crew, Mubanga said Despite missing other players who took part in the previous tournament, she’s not disappointed with the second position because they played very well and it was just unfortunate they couldn’t lift the trophy.
“I am not disappointed that we missed out on the first position because we performed very well much better than the last tournament we had. Most of the players that were at the previous tournament were not here but we managed to beat all the teams though we drew one, we managed to beat the other 2 teams in the group stages until we reached the finals with different players so it was a very good tournament I wasn’t disappointed,” she said.
Mubanga was on and off the field for quite some time having struggled with a knee injury from January 2017 up to early 2018 she continued to have it hard to play but she bounced back on the pitch early this year and has been doing well for her team Red Arrows Women Football Club and she’s very happy to have won two players of the match awards at this year’s tournament including the big one of being voted as a player of the tournament even though she really wanted to come out as a top goal scorer.
“Am happy for myself and happy for my team as well considering the fact that I was away from football for quite some time I was struggling with an injury and I came back very well and at a tournament like this as a player besides aiming for the cup and winning the tournament You have to aim for things like coming out as top scorer, player of the match or even the player of the tournament like I did. It was unfortunate that I wasn’t the top scorer I really wanted to be the top scorer but am glad I came out as a player of the tournament,” she said.
The Copper Queens could have missed out on the First position but it was a tournament which has given the technical bench and the players a great International Exposure and Experience that’s why Mubanga has called on her fellow teammates to always work hard and play as team Regardless of the opponents.
“We have learned that we need to work hard in each and every game regardless of who we are playing. We need to keep the same momentum do the right thing all the time work as a team and even work extra hard. We have another tournament ahead of us we don’t need to relax we just have to work hard,” She concluded.
Mubanga walked away with 10 thousand rands as a player of the tournament while Rachel Nachula won the golden boot award.
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