‘Women football developing’

NAMIBIA women’s national team coach Jacqueline Shipanga is impressed with the pace women football is developing in Zambia.
Shipanga said in an interview yesterday that women football is gaining momentum in Zambia.
She paid tribute to the Zambia under-17 women’s team for representing southern Africa at the FIFA World Cup finals in Costa Rica.
“I will not underestimate Zambia. At least they have what it takes when it comes to women football. I was in Costa Rica during the under-17 Women Championship, I was impressed with the way the team [under-17] played against Costa Rica.
“That was marvellous. Coaches are doing a great job in uplifting the standards of women soccer in that country [Zambia],” Shipanga said.
Meanwhile, Zambians here are upbeat the Chipolopolo will qualify for the 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Chipolopolo fans, mostly students at the University of Namibia, said Zambia will be among the 16 finalists in Morocco.
Jacob Banda, a law student, said Chipolopolo will win the remaining three matches starting with tonight’s clash against Niger in Ndola.
“I am very confident we will qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup. Come what may, it’s go, go Zambia….time is still there, we can do it,” Banda said.
Clement Bweupe, who is in the school of sciences, is equally optimistic.
“Sometimes Zambia starts the AfCON campaign poorly but they always qualify. So I am not worried. We just have to work hard. I believe we will do it,” he said.

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