The Copper Queens will return to action today at the ongoing 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The Copper Queens will be playing their second Group B match when they take on the Tunisia Women’s national team.
The team has continued its preparations and held a training session at the Complexe Benjelloun in Casablanca Tuesday.
Coach Bruce Mwape’s squad has been boosted by the availability of winger Xiomala Mapepa and striker Ochumba Oseke Lubanji.
The duo missed the goalless draw against Cameroon in the opener after accumulating yellow cards in the qualifiers.
Mapepa was the top goalscorer in the 2022/2022 Women’s Super League having scored 17 goals from the 15 league games she played.
The Elite Ladies forward also scored the goal that took Zambia to the 2022 African Women Cup of Nations away in Namibia when the Copper Queens came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with the Brave Gladiators.
Ochumba on the other hand was the Copper Queens’ top goalscorer at the 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championships with four goals on the road to Zambia collecting bronze medals.
The kick-off at the Mohammed V stadium will be at 19hrs.
The top four finishers in Morocco will qualify directly for the World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023, while two additional teams will progress to the intercontinental play-offs.
Tunisia is leading the group after thrashing Togo 4-1 and Zambia is sharing a point each with Cameroon after settling for a draw.