COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape said being an underdog at the Tokyo Olympics gives his team an advantage.
However, Mwape is quick to say his side are not an underdog despite being in the same squad as the Netherlands, Brazil and China.
Zambia’s national women’s football team, affectionately known as the Copper Queens, is the only African representative at the Olympics in Japan.
“Of course somehow the teams that we play there know very little about us. I’m sure they just watch us on a few videos, maybe the match against Chile will be one of the games they watched because beating Chile at home, they know it was not easy, “he said.” But it gives us an advantage. going there as underdogs. And I’m sure even them, they know we’re not underdogs to qualify. I’m sure they know we’re a team to be reckoned with.
The team due to leave for the centerpiece tomorrow, Mwape said he was happy with the preparations so far ahead of the tournament.
“I am happy with the preparation even if there is one thing that we missed; who plays high level friendly games. It could have helped us a lot but otherwise we are ready. We’re actually ready for the tournament. As you know, we’ve been at camp for a long time now and we’ve done everything and we’re tweaking now, ”Mwape said. “We are now focusing on set pieces. I am impressed so far. We had a problem in defense, but it was fixed. Playing the Netherlands as the first game is key. In fact, we are focusing a lot on the opening game because that will be our morale booster, if we get the maximum points. And it’s the same massage that we told the players they should work hard in the first game because that will give us an advantage.