The Football Association of Zambia has finalized arrangements which will see the Zambia under-17 women’s team travel to Europe for two international friendly matches with the under 17 team of Azerbaijan. The team is scheduled to leave for Europe at the end of August.
The Zambian women squad has since set camp in Lusaka to prepare for the European tour. A total of 30 players under the guidance of Coach Albert Kachinga have reported for duty in Lusaka. Zambia will play against the hosts of the Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup in two matches. The first match will be played on 2nd September while the second game is scheduled for 4th September.
Azerbaijan will host the Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup from 22 September - 13 October 2012. The Azerbaijan women are using the games to prepare for the world cup while FAZ is preparing the women under-17 team for the SADC/Zone Six Games which will be hosted by Zambia this December.
Confirming the development to www.fazfootball.com Spokesperson Erick Mwanza said “the Zambian women’s team’s European tour demonstrated the advances our women’s game continues to make. We are grateful to government and in particular the Ministry of Sports and Honourable Minister Kambwili for the wonderful support to the women’s team. The tour by our under-17 girls will help enhance their competitiveness and put them in good stead for future international matches as well as help them shape up for the SADC Zone Six games at the end of the year.”
The Zambian ladies missed out on a first ever qualification to a major tournament by any women’s team after going down to Nigeria over two legs in the final round of qualification. The Nigerian team which qualified at Zambia’s expense has since been placed in the same group with hosts Azerbaijan, Colombia and Canada. Africa will be represented by Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia.