Copper Queens to face Togo tomorrow

Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga has encouraged the Copper Queens to put up a good fight when they face Togo in a deciding match of Group B tomorrow.

The Copper Queens are currently leading Group B at the ongoing Women’s African Nations Cup hosted by Morocco after beating Tunisia.

Kamanga who is currently in Rabat, Morocco’s Capital, visited the Zambia women national team while the team was undergoing training sessions at Academie du FUS in Rabat ahead of Saturday’s game against Togo at the 2022 Total Energies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) Group B.

Kamanga who watched the entire training session, also interacted with the Bruce Mwape led technical bench and the players before passing on his message of support ahead of the last group B match.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala, FAZ national women’s representative Priscilla Katoba and some Ministry of Sports members of staff were present during Kamanga’s visit.

The Copper Queens head into Saturday’s match with their heads high following their 1-0 win over Tunisia that sent them to the summit of group B on four points, one better than favourites to qualify, second placed Tunisia and two better than third placed Cameroon. 

Togo is at the bottom of the table after only managing to salvage a point against Cameroon.

The match against Togo will be played tomorrow at the Stade Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan in the capital of Morocco.

Meanwhile, soccer fans in Chipata are calling for the Copper Queens to seal their spot in the quarter finals by beating Togo.

James Ngoma, a diehard soccer fan, said the girls must continue to fly the Zambian flag to the end of the tournament.

Ngoma, however expressed disappointment with FAZ executive for dropping striker Barbara Banda from being part of the team under unclear circumstances.

He has appealed to government to put up an inquiry to find out why Banda has been left out of the WAFCON.

Ngoma said the public must know what really happened for FAZ to drop Banda since the Confederation of African Football (CAF) openly disclosed that they never dropped the Zambian top striker.