In a significant show of support and encouragement, Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu addressed the Copper Queens players on Friday afternoon at the Novotel Hotel in Hamilton, New Zealand. The meeting came at a crucial time on the eve of Zambia’s opening match against Japan in the FIFA World Cup, where the team was faced with the unfortunate news of midfielder Grace Chanda’s withdrawal due to an undisclosed illness.
During the meeting, Minister Nkandu assured the players that the government would take immediate action to address all their health-related needs and concerns regarding allowances. Recognizing the dedication and commitment of the national team, Nkandu pledged to ensure that the players’ well-being remains a top priority throughout their World Cup journey.
Accompanied by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga, Minister Nkandu’s visit aimed to uplift the spirits of the Copper Queens and reinforce the government’s unwavering support for the team. The assurance of addressing health concerns and allowances seeks to provide the players with the peace of mind they need to focus on performing at their best during the prestigious tournament.
The meeting was also attended by Zambia’s High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand, Dr. Elias Munshya, reflecting the nation’s united efforts to rally behind the national team and showcase the country’s sporting prowess on the global stage.
Speaking on behalf of the government and the people of Zambia, Minister Nkandu expressed admiration for the Copper Queens’ achievements and emphasized the importance of their representation at the World Cup in raising the country’s sporting profile. He reiterated the government’s commitment to supporting and investing in the development of women’s football in Zambia, recognizing the immense potential and talent within the team.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga lauded the Sports Minister’s visit, emphasizing the significance of government support in bolstering the team’s morale and overall performance. He expressed confidence that the Copper Queens would demonstrate their skill, determination, and unity in the face of challenges and make Zambia proud on the global stage.
With the assurances given by Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu, the Copper Queens can now focus wholeheartedly on their opening match against Japan and the subsequent matches in their quest for World Cup glory. The nation eagerly awaits the team’s performance and stands united in cheering them on throughout this momentous journey.