Mwape Describes Spain, Japan World Cup Draw As Fair

Bruce Mwape

Zambia Senior Women National Team coach Bruce Mwape says the draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup that pits the Copper Queens in Group C is fair.
And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga says quality preparations for the tournament will be crucial in enhancing Zambia’s chances of going beyond the first round.
Speaking after the draws that were held in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday evening (08H30 CAT), Mwape said that he was not looking to avoiding any opponent during the draw.
Zambia is in Group C alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica and will have their group matches in Auckland and Hamilton, New Zealand.
“The draw is just fair; I do not think there is any group which is easy. All the groups are tough because all the teams which qualified for the World Cup did well in their respective areas,” he said.
“We are meeting the best teams in the world. It is not easy to qualify to the world cup, for you to qualify it means you are good.”
He added: “We are ready to meet any team whether from the group stage or knockout stage, we are actually ready. Us we want just to meet any team at the tournament, if you start avoiding some of these teams, then it means you will never improve. For us to improve we need to play any team whether it is ranked number one, two or three. The idea is to make sure that we reach a level where people should recognize us as one of the best teams in Africa or in the world.”
And Kamanga said the draw was okay and Zambia just needed to prepare very well for the tournament.
“Today’s (Saturday) draws are very good for us, we have Japan, Costa Rica and Spain. We remain very confident that we have a chance, Spain will obviously be the toughest team in the group. but we believe that with adequate preparations we should be able to come and come compete,” Kamanga said.
“It is never easy in the World Cup but those who prepare adequately always have a chance to go to the next round so we believe that the biggest hurdle was to qualify and now the next task is to come and compete and get to the next round so that will be our primary target.”


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