Shepolopolo upbeat about AFCON prospects despite COSAFA 4th place finish


Shepolopolo coach Beauty Mwamba is confident Zambia will excel at the 2018 African Women’s Cup in November despite finishing fourth at the COSAFA Cup in South Africa.

The Zambia Women’s Team on Friday finished fourth at the COSAFA Cup after losing to Uganda 1-0 in the third and fourth playoff match.

Mwamba told journalists in Port Elizabeth that injuries and the tight schedule of games negatively affected Shepolopolo’s performance.

Zambia made a perfect start with three straight wins – without conceding goal before tumbling in the semifinals when losing 1-0 to Cameroon on Thursday.

“My girls did their part. My team played well and created chances though we couldn’t convert the chances into goals,” Mwamba said.

Zambia played the third and fourth match on Friday despite playing the semifinal match against Cameroon on Thursday.

“But I think the organizers of the tournament should do better next time because you don’t play two consecutive matches in two days,” she said.

Mwamba is now looking ahead to the Africa Cup coming up in Ghana in November.

“At the Africa Cup we can do better than we have done at the COSAFA Cup. I have noted a few things we need to work on,” she said.


  1. Going forward we can learn a lot from the Japanese women’s U20 national football team, who despite being smaller in stature than most if not all their the opponents at the 2018 U20 World Cup were able to capture the crown convincingly thru speedy movement of the ball, use of space, excellent marking of space & putting pressure on the ball, as well as unselfish play, it can be done!

    Al the best in Ghana & God speed…

  2. Ghana Cameroon and Uganda were invited to play as guests. Beauty should have more depth in the team instead of giving excuses such as injuries, tight schedules etc. Injuries are part of the game and all teams were subjected to the same tight schedule.

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