Rachel Nachula in eighth heaven as Copper Queens massacre Mauritius
Zambia Women national team kicked off their 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship with a bang as they humiliated Mauritius by 15 goals to nil in their opening match.
Zambia came into the as the heavyweights and it showed as they dominated play from the start. Rachel Nachula put Zambia in the lead just eight minutes into the match slotting in from close range after benefiting from a Mary Mwakapila ball.
Nachula turned provider eleven minutes later as she set up Grace Chanda for the Copper Queens second goal. Nachula then turned in a rebound after the goalkeeper saved Grace Chanda’s side-footed finish.
Mwakapila who was having a good afternoon found space inside the area to score a fourth of the match for Zambia. Nachula completed her hattrick three minutes later before setting up Helen Chanda for a seventh of the match. Nachula beat the offside trap seconds before the close of the first half but her first-time shot hit the post, Grace Chanda was quickest to react tapping in from close range to make sure Zambia went to the break leading 7-0.
In the second stanza did more of the same as they scored eight more goals with Nachula getting five of those goals. Rhoda Chileshe, Theresa Chewe and Marie Jerome (own goal) completed the emphatic bashing of the Islanders.
Nachula was voted as the player of the match for her exploits scoring eight goals and assisting five. South African legend Portia Modise who is the first African female football player to score 100 international goals handed Nachula her player of the match accolade.
The POTM award was presented to Rachel Nachula by the legend, Portia Modise who is the first African player to score 100 international goals.
— Zambia Women's Soccer (@Copper_Queens) August 1, 2019
Nachula who was very delighted with her eight goals was very quick to heap praise on her teammates for the teamwork.
It feels good to score for my country and I want to thank my teammates for the teamwork. It is not the end there are still more goals coming- Nachula
The head coach Beauty Mwamba was also excited to win the opening game which she feels sets up the pace for the tournament.
“Am happy with the result. The girls did well and put in a lot. We are taking every game seriously and not underrating any team. The first game is very important because it sets the pace for the tournament, ” She said.
It was an emphatic performance from the Zambians, who have their eye on the top prize this year having failed to make the COSAFA final in the past two tournaments. Zambia will face Namibia who came from a goal down to beat Mozambique 2-1 in their next group game on Saturday.
Zambia 15-0 Mauritius
(Nachula 8′, 27′, 35′, 53′, 59′, 68′, 74′, 86′, G. Chanda 19′, 45′, Mwakapila 32′, H. Chanda 45′, Jerome 71’og, Chileshe 79′, Chewe 84′)
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