FIFA U17 WORLD CUP Zambia knew World Cup qualification would change their lives – Kanyemba

Zambia’s Copper Princesses coach Carol Kanyemba has revealed what motivated their U17 team to secure a place at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup set to take place later this year.

Zambia secured their place on Saturday, 15 June after overcoming Morocco 3-1 on aggregate in the fourth and final round of qualifiers. “Irrespective of the tough opposition, we had players with great attitude and work ethic,” said Kanyemba as quoted by CAFOnline.

“We always taught the girls about their predecessors and highlighted players like Barbara Banda who made their name at this level. This resulted in a resilient and positive spirit, and we reminded them how their lives could change if they play at a FIFA World Cup like their seniors.

“We were very positive and optimistic from the first match. They knew that qualifying for the World Cup meant they could change their lives and family lives. So every match was played with that in mind, that they could change the lives of their families.”

On Zambia making a return to the global stage after a 10-year absence, Kanyemba said: “We last qualified 10 years ago and it showed that the country has great potential. Over the years we have worked hard and improved. This has been evident in that Zambia has qualified for the Olympics, World Cup, and AFCON so it really shows the growth of women’s football in Zambia.

“Because of such achievements, more girls in Zambia are taking up football as a career and hence returning to the World Cup for the second time is not so much a surprise for us.”

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will take place in the Dominican Republic between 16 October – 03 November 2024.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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