By MICHAEL MIYOBA
VICE President Inonge Wina has hailed the Zambia national women’s football team for making positive impact in the game at national, regional, continental and global stages after qualifying for the 2020 Japan Olympic Games slated to kick off in July.
In a statement issued by Stephen Mwansa, Permanent Secretary, Administration at the Office of the Vice President, Wina congratulated the Copper Queens for the splendid performance which saw them qualify for the Olympic Games.
She was speaking after the “Tokyo Olympic Fundraising Committee” led by the chairperson, Charity Lumpa accompanied by Ndiyoi Mutiti, Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula, Priscilla Mutale Nkanza and Brenda Kunda paid a courtesy call on her. Wina expressed joy at the womens qualification to the Olympic Games.
Wina has called upon all stakeholders including soccer fans to increase financial support and publicity among other areas which will serve as motivation to the team.
Meanwhile, Lumpa has thanked the Vice President for her support to the committee in its quest to mobilise funds ahead of the Olympic Games.
And Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape says preparations for the Olympic Games are progressing well.
Mwape who is leading the Shepolopolo who have set up camp in Lusaka ahead of Sunday’s friendly games with South Africa and Kenya said he is focusing on young under-17 and Under-20 players who will have to prove themselves to go to the Olympics.
“We are trying to give some players a chance so that they can also express themselves. If they do well they will be considered for the Olympic Games.
“These are new players and it is better that they face stiff competition, South Africa is a good side and we want them to give us a positive test,” Mwape said.
He noted that foreign-based players will not be available for selection for the friendly games against South Africa and Kenya because they are engaged in league and cup games.