Copper Queens hopes for first ever victory in Monday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup


The Copper Queens will on Monday be hoping to record a first ever victory at their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup when they play Costa Rica.

Despite the nation and football enthusiasts being upbeat and full of confidence prior to the tournament, the dismal performances of the Copper Queens been a source of disappointment.

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Goalkeeper Hazel Nali and striker Grace Chanda being ruled out of the competition through injury and illness respectively, did not help the cause at all.

Coming straight from back to back disappointing 5-nil defeats to Japan and Spain respectively, the Bruce Mwape led squad would be hoping for a historical win.

While the match would be a dead rubber with no effect whatsoever on the fact that both teams are returning back to their respective countries after bowing out of the competition, pride would be at stake at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton New Zealand.

While both teams have lost to Japan and Spain, Costa Rica have a more superior goal difference owing to the heavy defeats inflicted to Zambia.

Costa Rica lost to Spain 3-nil and 2-nil to Japan, which means that a draw would see the South Americans finishing third while Zambia will finish fourth in Group C.

With Spain and Japan already confirmed as the teams to have qualified to the last 16, the encounter will be a battle of the consolation prize of third place.

Zambia will need an outright victory if they are to pip Costa Rica to third place position.

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