Zambia Women’s national team head coach Bruce Mwape believes the Copper Queens draw for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup is a fair one.
The senior Women’s national team were drawn in group C alongside 2011 Champions, Japan, European powerhouse Spain and Costa Rica at a draw held in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday morning.
Mwape believes the team needs to face the best the World has to offer if they are to dream of becoming World Champions in the future.
Mwape is confident the team can still progress to the round of 16 from the group they have been drawn in.
“It’s a fair draw, there is nothing which is complicated. It’s not the first time we are playing a major tournament. Each tournament you go to you expect to meet big teams because for you to be a Champion you need to beat the best,” Mwape told the ZamFoot Crew.
“For me this is the time to show the World that we can play any team in the World.”
“I am always prepared to meet any team so I was just waiting for us to be drawn. When we were put in the group with Spain , I looked at the teams and thought to myself we can still make it to the next round,” he added.
The Copper Queens started their preparations for the World Cup by winning the COSAFA Women’s Championship but could not however test themselves against the Netherlands after the match was canceled due to VISA hitches.
The Copper Queens will now travel to Colombia next month to face Las Chicas Superpoderosas as part of their preparations.
The tournament will be played between 20th July and 20th August in Australia and New Zealand.
A total of 10 stadiums will be used for the tournament – six of them in Australia and four in New Zealand.