Zambia’s Copper Queens thrashed Morocco 6-2 at the Prince Heritier Moulay El Hassan Sports Complex in Rabat on Tuesday in one of the biggest away wins for the team.
Rachel Kundananji and captain Barbra Banda scored a hat-trick each as the Copper Queens under coach Bruce Mwape completed a double over the Atlas Lionesses. In the first friendly, Zambia had defeated Morocco 2-0 courtesy of a Banda double.
On Tuesday, it was Kundananji who opened the floodgates of goals in the 20th minute but Morocco levelled matters in the 38th minute courtesy of Sakina Ouzraoui. However, two minutes later, Kundananji restored Zambia’s lead and Banda added the third in the 43rd minute for a 3-1 lead at the half-time break.
Banda then scored the fourth in the 56th minute before sealing her hat-trick in the 79th minute. Rosela Ayane pulled a goal back for the Atlas Lionesses but it was Kundananji who drilled the last nail into Morocco’s coffin with a fine finish in the 83rd minute.
Coach Mwape used the Morocco friendlies to prepare for the Paris 2024 Olympic qualifiers, 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship that will run from 4 October – 15 October in South Africa. The Copper Queens are in Group B alongside Angola, Mozambique, and Comoros at the regional competition where they will be going as defending champions.