Thursday, June 13, 2024

President Hakainde Hichilema Commends Copper Queens

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In a show of unwavering support for the Copper Queens, President Hakainde Hichilema has expressed immense pride in the national women’s football team’s debut World Cup appearance. Competing against the best teams on the global stage, the Copper Queens have earned accolades for their exceptional performance and determination.

Acknowledging that victory has eluded the team thus far, President Hichilema emphasized that every defeat brings both pain and opportunities for growth. In a statement, he urged the country and the Copper Queens to embrace this valuable experience and use it as a stepping stone for the future.

President Hichilema’s commitment to women’s football development is resolute, and he has pledged to further enhance the team’s capabilities. To achieve this goal, the Government will focus on providing the players with more exposure to competitive friendlies. These friendly matches against formidable international opponents will enable the Copper Queens to hone their skills, gain valuable tactical insights, and sharpen their competitive edge.

Additionally, the President stressed the significance of bolstering the women’s domestic league. Recognizing the vital role a strong domestic league plays in nurturing talent and fostering growth, President Hichilema pledged to support initiatives aimed at making the league more competitive and robust.

The President’s announcement came through his official Facebook page, where he articulated his commitment to women’s football and gender equality in sports. His message not only resonates with football enthusiasts but also underscores the importance of creating equal opportunities for women in all aspects of society.

The Copper Queens’ participation in the World Cup marks a significant milestone in Zambian football history. As they continue to inspire the nation with their passion and dedication, the support from the Government and the public will be a driving force behind their journey to success.

36 COMMENTS

  1. How do you commend losing? Sometimes best to leave comments for the relevant ministry, especially those involving losses. Where are his advisors?

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    • He may know more than you do. There may be more to the story than we have heard. I would love to know what Grace Chanda and Hazel Nali have to say, when they are not under any sort of pressure; There is no team in the World Cup that is 5-0 better or worse than another. This happens only when one team does not care about the result. FIFA gave every player on every qualifying team- NOT THE NATIONAL FEDERATION- but the player, a bonus of $30, 000. Our girls did not get this money. The government had to step and give the players $5000 per game, meaning they get $15, 000 each. GRZ is powerless over FAZ, per FIFA rules. Lets focus on this one thing. This matter reached HH, and hence that televised pep-rally he had for them before the tournament

  2. Sometimes it’s better to keep quiet. This is like telling the school child who failed exams ati well done! You competed well against your classmates.

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    • There is a difference if the child came from a village where english was not spoken and just saw a book for the first time attempting to sit for the exam deserves notice and encouragement. That’s how the president sees it

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  3. Ba Pulezidenti ichi commende commende tachifwaikwa especially in a non-achieving nation like ours. It just encourages mediocrity. Mediocrity in professions, politics, police, State House public relations team, etc.
    We all know you just want to score points by praising where there’s no achievement. you’re scared of losing points by calling a spade a spade. They dont need to have their shortcomings papered over. They were terrible. We have already praised them for qualifying. We cant keep repeating those praises. In football we need goals!

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  4. The President is right there is more work needed to improve and sustain high quality women football in Zambia.
    Yes they haven’t performed well what’s the point of kicking a dead soldier?
    HH approach is the best and any normal leader would do the same….we win together and lose together.
    When we lose we have to back the drawing board and reset!
    As for those who are against take time to look yourself in the mirror and ask yourselves if you’ve never lost to anything in these world. Even Champions lose!

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  5. And if he was in opposition he was going to bring Politics and blame the ruling party….and no wonder we will never improve…whats there to commend….really backward country…the girls spend most of the time rehearsing dance moves

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    • Dancing is good for the soul I guess that’s part of their warm up….nothing wrong with shaking that booty.
      Regardless the girls did not perform well hence the need to turn a negative into a positive.
      HH approach is perfect as a leader also he’s asking for general public’s input on how we can improve as a team.
      Like I said earlier there’s no point of kicking a dead soldier but it’s time to go back on ground zero, reset, re-strategise, implement, maintain and sustain.

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    • Ati ba PF ni cimbwi no plan . They didn’t do anything to motivate our hard working girls. Exactly this what he was going to say as president of the opposition Upnd.

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  6. With the exception of @ Tikki, the other comments are pathetic and crass and shows an ignorant attitude.
    The President is absolutely correct in commending the players.
    What he is doing is giving encouragement to the players because unlike most of those who commented he is intelligent enough to know you do not kick people when they are down, but you give them reason to hope.
    He realises that the young women are their lowest ebb and he is looking to give them a lift. This is the mark of a leader.
    Do you know how many countries fail to qualify the tournament? another question. has any Zambian team qualified for the world cup before?

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    • @Tarino Orange that’s great to know they you have never failed at anything in life…you are the first to know and that tells me you are Mr Perfecto!
      We all have failed on something…don’t tell me when you were born you learnt how to walk without learning how to craw…you learnt how to craw without learning how to sit…etc
      Mr Perfecto! If you are that perfect can you please instil that perfection of success to our copper queens and share how you manage to maintain…..I’m sure they can use your strategise as they need someone like you to lift them up!
      Moreover….HH is looking for people like you Mr Tarino Orange to turn this negative into a positive.
      Give the girls some sugar!

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    • That’s correct. This is sport and not war. HH is saying “Zambia win or lose. We will rebuild and participate again and again”. Great attitude by HH.

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    • AUZie or whoever you are today, do not fall for the bait I do not comment on LT to brag about myself never have.

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    • Rational thinkers dont seem welcome here
      Would love to know those here who’s child fails end of year exams
      what would be said ??

    • Well said Ben.The President everywhere is a leader and must show leadership especially in timesof failure and doubt.Leave the twits to tweet

    • Auzie do not mind my clone. It has been doing this for a long time just because it is sad and angry with me. It takes offence from me commenting on its posts when it is using it’s own name. Don’t engage it

    • @Tarino Orange….It’s all good I’m can’t be caught on such a bait! I dwell on positivity and believe positivity breeds positivity.
      It’s a shame you have a Clone which is full of negative energy but we hope for the best that one day the clone will flip to the positive side.
      Question: Is a Clone regarded as Ichililomba in our culture?
      Please educate me.

    • Auzie I don’t partake in questionable superstitious drivel like lilombas. I don’t need them because I am good at what I do and never fail. I don’t know about the troll though

    • Ati Lungu bought the boots at Kamwala so that he would remain with some change for his favorite Jameson.

  7. In principle, few would argue that the we need to work hard. However, we are constantly deluding ourselves. The gap was too big that we didn´t really compete. We were like one trick ponies pumping the ball forward, and we couldn´t get that right because the we fail at the basics, such as passing. Football has evolved into an increasingly cognitive game and is not just about effort or talent.
    However, the failure of the girls goes deeper when you look at the (dis)organisation and scandals. We also failed them. It is this we should be looking to address.

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  8. This is how even the UPND will be beaten. According to them the challenge they have is Edgar Lungu, so without him they have already won the next election and are already celebrating at the expense of delivery. They’ll be humbled just like the Shepolopolo

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  9. Our squad was too ill-equipped in all fields for that tournament, we need more investment in womens football..the likes of Spain and Japan have successful womens professional leagues.

    • @ Tarino Orange,since it`s has now Fashionable to blame the PF under the Inew Ndoni,i blame the PF for the copper queens loss at the world cup

  10. We definitely need to go back to the drawing board and work hard to be able to compete against the best. That was an embarrassment on the world stage.
    I agree we need to a strong local league and encourage all girl childs to play football. Women football is not just for the “tomboy” but every girl who has talents… we need to remove the stigma.

  11. He may know more than you do. There may be more to the story than we have heard. I would love to know what Grace Chanda and Hazel Nali have to say, when they are not under any sort of pressure; There is no team in the World Cup that is 5-0 better or worse than another. This happens only when one team does not care about the result. FIFA gave every player on every qualifying team- NOT THE NATIONAL FEDERATION- but the player, a bonus of $30, 000. Our girls did not get this money. The government had to step and give the players $5000 per game, meaning they get $15, 000 each. GRZ is powerless over FAZ, per FIFA rules. Lets focus on this one thing. This matter reached HH, and hence that televised pep-rally he had for them before the tournament

  12. New team, new coaches needed. I repeat what I said when they qualified for the world cup: we need taller, more physical players to compete physically against the taller Europeans. You can’y play the 1.4m tall Chitundu against the tall Spaniards. Look at Nigeria, they beat Australia because of their taller players. Minimum height like Lushomo Mweemba, Ochumba Lubanji, Musesa. Then new coach with tactical awareness. Mwape is embarrassing, he keeps trying what doesn’t work. Female coach now.

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