Coach Mwape hails Shepolopolo’s 5-star performance

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Zambia Women National Team coach Bruce Mwape says getting maximum points in their first game of the AWCON has boasted the morale of the girls.

The copper queens last night thumped Equatorial Guinea 5-0 courtesy of a Racheal Kundananji brace and a goal each from Mary Mwakapila, Grace Chanda and Irene Lungu.

Mwape says the team got a good result but that there was still room for improvement in the team.

“I want to say it was a good result but my overall opinion is we still need to improve. All we wanted was maximum points for our first game to give morale. Mostly I want to give credit to the players for doing what was required of them on the field,” he said.

Zambia’s next game will be on Wednesday against defending champions Nigeria who lost 1-0 to South Africa in their first game.

“This chapter is closed we shall now prepare for Nigeria. The bottom line is that football is played 90 minutes,” he said.

The coach said they will maintain their stance of not underrating any team in the competition.

“We are not playing names of teams and if people think Nigeria is untouchable well and good. Our mission here is to qualify to the World Cup,” he said.

And Equatorial Guinea coach Jeanpaul Mbila said they had problems with CAF and did not prepare adequately.

“We had problems with CAF, we were 95% ready and we worked together as a team. Congratulations to our opponents they worked hard and deserved the win. I accept the defeat,” Mbila said.

He added that a football needed good time to prepare and that his team only prepared for four days.

Meanwhile, two-goal heroine Racheal Kundananji says the team will not get carried away by the 5-0 win over Equatorial Guinea but will continue working hard for the next game.

Kundananji who was voted Player of the Match told FAZ. football.com that they should continue working hard as a team to meet their goal of qualifying to the World cup.

“Our next game against Nigeria will be tough but we shall go into that game with full force. We know why we are here and enough is enough we have lost enough,” she said.

Kundananji started playing football last year and made her first appearance on the international scene at the 2018 South Africa Cosafa tournament.

The Striker said she did not expect to be voted Player of the Match considering she was new in the team.

“As an individual I am proud of myself. I had never expected that my coming to Ghana something like this could happen,” said the 18-year-old.

Zambia soared to the top of Group B after thumping Equatorial Guinea 5-0 and will face Nigeria on Wednesday in the team’s second match.

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 opening day loss to South Africa.

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