COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has said there is no friction with technical advisor Lisa Cole, stating that the American has brought with her a wealth of experience.
Cole is the latest addition to the women’s national team ahead of Zambia’s participation at the FIFA World Cup in New Zealand and Australia next month.
The American has been brought in to assist the Mwape-led bench and has been with the team for slightly over a week now.
In an interview with FAZ Media from Germany, Mwape praised the experience that Cole brings to the table.
“She is bringing in her experience from where she was working and she has worked in so many countries and clubs, so the experience that she is bringing will help our team a lot,” Mwape said.
“I can say the relationship is fine, we cannot say there is any friction. There is nothing like that both to the players and the technical staff. I can say she has been welcomed,” Mwape said.
Cole is a former footballer who has held numerous international coaching positions.
In August 2018, she accompanied the United States U-17 Women’s National Soccer Team to South Korea in preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
Cole was also the head coach of the Papua New Guinea U20 Women’s National Team in the lead-up to and during the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup from 2015 to 2017.
Meanwhile, Mwape has said World Cup preparations are going on well.
“So far, I can say we have covered most of the bases. We have worked on tactics, techniques, and we are now focusing on physical fitness,” Mwape said.
“All I can say is that even with coordination, there is an improvement when you look at the way we played against Tanzania. This time around, things have changed. There has been a lot of improvement,” Mwape said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th June, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
CAF Awards: Barbra Banda makes the cut, Copper Queens misses out
IN BITTERSWEET news for Zambian football, striker Barbra Banda has been named among the finalists for the prestigious CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, but the Copper Queens have missed out on the final three for the National Team of the Year accolade.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the final nominees for various categories of the 2023 Awards that have been set for the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday.
There is a mixture of good and bad news for Zambia in that Banda has made it on the final three for the player of the year award in the women’s category but there was no place for the Copper Queens in the national team of the year category.
The Copper Queens had been in the race to be named the national team of the year, having made the initial top five nominee list but have since failed to make the cut for the final three.
The team has fallen off alongside Senegal, leaving the stage for Morocco, Nigeria and African champions South Africa.
On the bright side of things, Banda could be named the player of the year in the women’s category but she has to fend off competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
Zambia are Netball Champions
ZAMBIA have lifted the Africa Netball Cup in Botswana after defeating Namibia 57-55 in a tightly contested final.
The team has been impressive over the course of the tournament but appeared to meet their match in the final.
Zambia took a first quarter lead, but by the time the game was reaching half time the teams were tied at 23-23.
Namibia then controlled the game in the third quarter and managed to record a 35-33 lead.
Zambia did not give up, stretching the game into extra time when they tied 43-43 at full time.
In the end, the team managed the game and ran home 57-55 winners to be crowned champions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th December, 2023)