…FAZ chief Kamanga caution Under-17 girls
By MICHAEL MIYOBA
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga has urged the Carol Kanyemba-drilled Zambia Under-17 women’s national team not to lose their focus after qualifying for the third round of the Dominican Republic FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers after a 5-1 aggregate win over Tanzania.
Zambia beat Tanzania 5-0 at home in the first leg before losing the away fixture 1-0 in Dar es Salaam to make it to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers.
Kamanga said the Young Copper Queens did well to kill off the tie at home and will be expected to do the same when they face Uganda in the next round.
He that participation at international tournaments is key for the team’s progress.
“The more our players are exposed to bigger international events the better for the development of our game. For now, our focus is to prepare for Uganda while keeping our eyes on the final round where either Morocco or Algeria await.
We congratulate the team for making it to the next round but implore them not to drop guard,” Kamanga said.
The Young Copper Queens will now face Uganda on May 11 and 18 respectively.
Meanwhile, Kamanga has reaffirmed the association’s commitment to help the national futsal team to prepare adequately after qualifying for the Morocco 2024 Futsal AFCON.
“It was such a huge step for the futsal squad to sweep aside a Mozambique side that has been to the FIFA World Cup and remains one of the top teams on the continent. We will be looking to build on this qualification by ensuring that futsal continues to grow.
With the final tournament running from April 8-17 in Morocco, we will be looking to helping the team prepare better for the tournament that is a get way to the FIFA World Cup. The top three teams at the AFCON qualify to the World Cup,” Kamanga said.