FIFAWWC: Write Us Off And Pay For It – Zambia Coach, Bruce Mwape

Zambia coach Bruce Mwape said, his team will run the “old people” in opposing sides off their feet at the Women’s World Cup starting with former champions Japan.

Zambia are the lowest-ranked team at the 32-nation tournament but speaking on Friday (Today) Mwape said they have enough firepower to upset anyone and hopes to prove it in their Group C opener in Hamilton on Saturday.

Recall that the Copper Queens stunned Germany 3-2 away in a warm-up game two weeks ago, completing a European tour in which the African side also drew with Switzerland and lost by a goal to Ireland.

Coach Mwape who Boast of the youngest squads at the World Cup and led by 23-year-old captain Barbra Banda was convinced teams would be foolish to write off his 77th-ranked side.

“Maybe the age will give us an advantage. Playing old people, I think they will not withstand that pressure from the young ones,” Mwape said.

“Experience is also important, but the games that we have played, I think our girls now have gained that experience.”

“As far as I’m concerned, we cannot consider ourselves as underdogs.

“We regard ourselves as an epic team that can challenge any other team in the world”, he added .

Goalscoring hasn’t been a problem for Zambia, with Madrid-based forwards Racheal Kundananji and Grace Chanda forging a prolific combination along with China-based Banda, who scored two hat-tricks at the 2021 Olympics.

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