THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has congratulated the Zambia Women’s National Football Team for their third-place finish at the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFON). Zambia beat defending champions Nigeria 1-0 in the third and fourth playoff to earn their first ever bronze medal and highest finish in Africa’s premier competition for the ladies’ game.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says the girls have done the nation proud with their heroic performances that won hearts on the African continent and beyond.
“Notably, it has been a tournament saddled with many challenges that have tested the character of the team on its way to the top,” Kamanga said.
He singles out the support by government as part of the catalyst for the success of the team.
“I wish to particularly thank President Hakainde Hichilema, Minister of Youth, Sport, and Arts Elvis Nkandu and Permanent Secretary Kangwa Chileshe for having spearheaded the support that has come through to the team during this WAFCON campaign. This is a testimony that with concerted efforts between government and FAZ there is no limit as to how much teams can achieve,” he said.
The FAZ president said the fans have also been critical in spurring the team to victory.
Kamanga has also thanked the fans for the support rendered to the team throughout the campaign.
He appealed for even greater support as the girls commence preparations for the Australia/New Zealand FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“We acknowledge the efforts of the FAZ secretariat that has been on the ground running with the day-to-day activities of the Copper Queens and urge them to even gear up for greater responsibilities for the work ahead. The greater work begins now,” he said.
Kamanga said FAZ in conjunction with government will ensure that the team is kept active prior to the World Cup.
He said the Association will be calling on various corporate bodies and individuals to not only support the Copper Queens but rebooting women football across the country.
Kamanga said FAZ will await the proposals of the technical bench for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be played next year.
This is according to a statement issued by FAZ communications manager Sydney Mungala.