Zim no show stunt disappoints Mwape

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Copper Queens Coach Bruce Mwape says it was unfortunate that the second leg of the Tokyo 2020 second round qualifier against Zimbabwe was not played due to a no-show stunt by the host nation’s players.

And forward Misozi Zulu said the team was disappointed with the no-show stunt by their opponents after having prepared for the game.

In an interview after the match was called off at National Sports Stadium, Mwape said Zimbabwe had denied his team a chance to play a match that was crucial in preparing for the next round where either South Africa or Botswana await.

“It is actually very unfortunate, we were much geared for this game but this kind of arrangement is not acceptable where a nation can fail to raise up a team and fail to fulfil their fixture,” he said.

Mwape said Zambia would now focus on the next round.

“They are mentally prepared for next game as they were gunning for win,” he said.

Meanwhile Misozi who plies her trade in Europe said the girls were disappointed with the outcome of their travel.

“We had prepared for this game and wanted to play. I am very disappointed with Zimbabwe,” she said.

Zambia won the first leg 5-0 in Lusaka but could not get the opportunity to finish off the tie as the Zimbabwean team failed to raise a team after some clubs withdrew their players 24 hours before the match.

The concerned parties will wait for FIFA to make its ruling after the Match Commissioner Lida Manjate from Mozambique called off the game.

The next round will see Zambia face either Botswana or South Africa.

Botswana and South Africa drew 0-0 in the first leg in Gaborone with the second leg set for Tuesday.

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