The Copper Queens’ assistant coach, Florence Mwila, has explained that the team’s head coach, Bruce Mwape, was unwell and missed the team’s 6-2 victory over Morocco on Tuesday evening to make it 2 out of 2 having won the first friendly on Friday 2-0.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Coach Mwila said that they used the plan they worked on together with Coach Mwape, and they were happy to get the win, as it is what they wanted from the match.

“We worked on the plan we worked on with the coach, and the win is what we wanted. That’s what we planned for, and it’s good we scored more goals.”

Zambia dominated the match overall from the onset. “It’s good we played well and won. We talked about not relaxing because we won the first game.”

She, however, said that it was good to see some local players get some minutes against a high-profile team but encouraged them to continue working hard, as the Cosafa tournament won’t be easy. Every team participating in the tournament wants to win it and has been improving over time.

“It’s good that some local players had a chance against Morocco, a high-profile team, but they don’t need to relax because Cosafa won’t be easy. Teams have improved, and everyone wants to win it.”

Zambia will go to the Cosafa tournament as defending champions, with Coach Mwape going all local for the tournament as he begins a new chapter of identifying players who might be promoted to the main team.

Coach Mwila says that the Morocco trip was a success as it gave the coaching staff time to see players who haven’t played at such a level.

“The Morocco tour has been a great one for us. One, it’s on the FIFA calendar, and two, we wanted to see players who haven’t played at this level and boost their confidence and see areas that need improvement. We also wanted to let anyone in the team know that there is competition for places in the team.”

The Copper Queens’ victory over Morocco is a positive sign for the team ahead of the Cosafa tournament, the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers and WAFCON qualifiers.


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