Dear readers, I am back this week again with yet another interaction with you the followers of the beautiful game. The past week has been a very loaded football feast with the FIFA calendar that closes on Wednesday bringing a lot of action. It has been a window that has seen a lot of football. Our beloved Chipolopolo has been busy during this window playing three international friendly matches. Under the covid-19 conditions, getting to play international games is not easy. Some of our colleagues in other countries have opted not to play any games during this window while others have had to take games to other continents were the covid-19 trap is less cumbersome.It is a very tedious process to organize matches in this environment.
Where opponents are available, there is always the challenge of getting the players travel for these games and also negotiate the wearisome travel arrangements that have been worsened by the covid-19 crisis. Despite all these hurdles, we were able to clinch three international friendlies with the Flames of Malawi whose regional solidarity we continue to count on, Kenya and South Africa. We were able to manoeuvre all the players the coach needed for this assignment except for the two Red Bull Salzburg players that were grounded by covid-19 restrictions at their club. We are happy that others made with five from Europe and three from CAF leagues.
It was not easy getting all these players into the country and later flying them for the assignments lined up for them but we are happy to have pulled it off.Our executive has pledged to give all national teams high level preparations for important assignments. We liaise with the technical benches to provide programs that we endeavour to fulfil in order to give teams quality preparations.We are happy that we were able to give the Chipolopolo good preparations for the Botswana matches and also the CHAN. We particularly note the number of local players that were given a run in the games played during the FIFA window. It was encouraging to see them step up to the plate and deliver. We have no doubt that with the trajectory that the team is on, we will be able to rebound as a strong force on the African continent and beyond.
As we continue building for the November showdown with Botswana and the CHAN in January, we shall continue to support all our teams with as many friendly matches as possible. Our Copper Queens who qualified to the Tokyo 2020 (to be played in 2021) Olympic Games will face Chile in Santiago next month in two high profile international friendly matches. We are not only preparing men’s teams but also women teams.We are more than sure that we shall rise again with the efforts we are putting in rebuilding our football.