Super Falcons Boycott Training Over Unpaid Allowances

The super falcons of Nigeria today boycotted training ahead of their WAFCON third place tie with Zambia as they protested missed-payments of their match bonuses of over $10,000.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is owing
the players $3,000 for each of their two group stage victories and $5,000 for their quarterfinal win over Cameroon and out of which they have only received $1,000 each.

According to BBC Sport Africa’s, NFF president Amaju Pinnick has given reassurances to the players that the payments will arrive as the FA is waiting for funds from the Nigerian government’s Sports Ministry

CAF Nominates Jerry For Womens Coach Of The Year Award

Mamelondi sundowns fc ladies coach Jerry Tshabalala has made the final shortlist for the CAF womens coach of the year award.

Jerry has become popular in Zambia after his statement on super sport Tv on Monday night when he was appearing on a 2022 WAFCON post match show as a pundit .

The Sundowns coach urged South Africans “NOT TO BE PROUD” of the Banyana Banyana’s WAFCON semifinal win against Zambia describing it as an unfair victory which came as a result of poor officiating by Ethiopian referee Lydia Tafessa who awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the last minute after a VAR check.

“ That’s not even a penalty. The contact was even outside the box. We shouldn’t be proud as South Africans that we won a game of football like that.” He said on live Tv.

Jerry has however, received massive blacklash from South Africans who have labeled him unpatriotic over his statement on Monday night. Those who have criticized him include South Africa womens team player Janine Wyk who said “no matter your opinion on the penalty , we received it and capitalized,”

Jerry became the first Womens team coach to win the first ever CAF womens champions league after he did so with Mamelondi Sundowns last season.

𝑻𝒐𝒑 𝑭𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑾𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏’𝒔 𝑪𝒐𝒂𝒄𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 year 𝒂𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒅 𝒏𝒐𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒔;

🇿🇲𝑩𝒓𝒖𝒄𝒆 𝑴𝒘𝒂𝒑𝒆
🇿🇦𝑫𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒆 𝑬𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒔
🇿🇦𝑱𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒚 𝑻𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒍𝒂
🇲🇦𝑹𝒆𝒚𝒏𝒂𝒍𝒅 𝑷𝒆𝒅𝒓𝒐𝒔

The 2022 CAF awards will be held tomorrow in Morocco as Africa best performers will be crowned queens and kings of the game.

Nigerian GoalKeeper Endured Moroccan Fans’ Lasers- She Bemoans

Super falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has bemoaned the distractions she suffered through the match during the 2022 Womens Africa cup second semifinal match between Nigeria and hosts Morocco.

Nnadozie has disclosed that she endured through out the match as Nigeria were reduced to Nine women after conceding two red cards in the 48th and 71st minutes when Halimatu Ayind and Rasheedat Ajibade were sent off.

Chiamaka Nnadozie who was named Player of the match told the BBC in an interview that the officiating was not good as the Super Falcons had two players sent off – both after the intervention of VAR – in their last four defeat on penalties by Morocco.

“The officiating was not really okay,

“They did everything to distract us with [laser pens during the penalty shootout.]

“Since I’ve been playing football, this is the worst match I’ve ever played in my life,” she bemoaned.

Despite losing 5-4 on post match penalty shootouts to the hosts Morocco after a hard fought one-all-draw and missing out on a place in the final, Chiamaka was named player of the match and will be looking to win the golden gloves as she has so far made three cleansheets in the tournament.

The super falcons are expected to play the copper queens of zambia in on Saturday for the third place finish at the 2022 WAFCON.

Nigerian GoalKeeper Endured Moroccan Fans’ Lasers- She Bemoans

Super falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has bemoaned the distractions she suffered through the match during the 2022 Womens Africa cup second semifinal match between Nigeria and hosts Morocco.

Nnadozie has disclosed that she endured through out the match as Nigeria were reduced to Nine women after conceding two red cards in the 48th and 71st minutes when Halimatu Ayind and Rasheedat Ajibade were sent off.

Chiamaka Nnadozie who was named Player of the match told the BBC in an interview that the officiating was not good as the Super Falcons had two players sent off – both after the intervention of VAR – in their last four defeat on penalties by Morocco.

“The officiating was not really okay,

“They did everything to distract us with [laser pens during the penalty shootout.]

“Since I’ve been playing football, this is the worst match I’ve ever played in my life,” she added.

Despite losing 5-4 on post match penalty shootouts to the hosts Morocco after a hard fought one-all-draw and missing out on a place in the final, Chiamaka was named player of the match and will be looking to win the golden gloves as she has so far made three cleansheets in the tournament.

The super falcons are expected to play the copper queens of zambia in on Saturday for the third place finish at the 2022 WAFCON.

FAZ Demands Replay Of Zambia Vs South Africa WAFCON Semifinal

The football association of Zambia have filed a complaint to CAF over the officiating of Ethiopian referee Lydia Tafessa Abebe who awarded South Africa a controversial penalty in the 92nd minute of the first semifinal of the Womens Africa cup of nations on Monday night.

The Zambia FA is demanding for a replay of the match and cancellation of South Africa’s penalty goal which was converted by Sweden based attacker Linda Mothlalo to send Banyana Banyana to their fifth final appearance of the womens cup of nation.

BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM FAZ:

Press Statement
(For Immediate Release)
Football Association of Zambia
Football House, Lusaka
19TH July 2022

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to inform its stakeholders and football family that it has lodged a formal complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) against the officiating exhibited by Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse Abebe during the 2022 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) semi-final match between Zambia and South Africa.
In a complaint letter dated 18th July 2022 addressed to CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba, FAZ general secretary Adrian Kashala advanced six key incidences including the late minute penalty awarded to South Africa.

“We therefore wish to contest against the decision of the referee to award such a penalty resulting in a goal which decided against our team progressing to the finals as we call for a serious review of the game,” read part of the FAZ appeal.
“We call for the penalty to be cancelled, that a replay be ordered and that the referee be barred from handling any games.”

Kashala says FAZ opted to file a complaint as Zambia suffered similar injustices in their quarterfinal victory over Senegal.

“We have further noted with great concern the poor officiating that characterised the tournament specifically our games. We recorded similar incidents of poor match officiating by referees who have gone scot-free among them referee Bouchra Karboubi who has continued to handle games at the tournament as if nothing happened,” he said.

Kashala said casting a blind eye to the multiple horrendous refereeing decisions would be perpetuating the injustice caused by the referee.

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The Penalty was Just Luck, We Could Have Done Better- Linda Mothlalo

Sweden based South African attacker Linda Mothlalo has described her last minute penalty goal for the Banyana Banyana that sent them to their fifth final of the Womens Africa cup as a a work of Luck on her side.

She told South African website iDiski Times the Banyana Banyana did not perform well despite emerging victorious.

“Performance-wise we could’ve done better but this is a tournament, sometimes you’re going to be bad, sometimes you’re going to be good,

“We take what we take and today we got a win and that’s what we’re gonna take. With the penalty, it’s a 50-50 thing and I guess I had a bit of luck but also experience today. I was super, super nervous but like I said it’s a luck thing.”

Linda scored a penalty deep in added time following a controversial decision by Ethiopian referee Lydia Tafessa after a VAR check.

South Africa will now play against Morocco in their fifth final on Saturday in Rabat as they will look to win their WAFCON after failing to winning it in their last four final appearances.

SOUTHERN AFRICAN TEAMS DOMINATE WAFCON

Southern African is the only region at the ongoing Womens Africa cup of nations to remain with two teams still in contention for the title.

Zambia were the first Southern African country to book a place in the semi-finals after beating Senegal 4-2 on post match penalties following a 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time on Wednesday night before their neighbors South Africa also defeated Tunisia 1-0 on Thursday night to seal their qualification to the semis.

The two teams from the COSAFA region have also secured qualification to the 2023 FIFA womens World Cup to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, a feat that has never been achieved before as two countries from Southern Africa will represent the continent at the highest womens football stage.

South Africa will be participating at the World Cup for the second time while Zambia who were Africa’s sole representatives at the last Olympics will be taking part in the womens global football showpiece for the first time in their history.

Both South Africa and Zambia topped their groups and will now meet in the semifinals on Monday , 18th July 2022 to determine who will play the final .

Meanwhile, defending Champions Nigeria and record title holders of the WAFCON who started their 2022 campaign with a 2-1 defeat to the Banyana Banyana have also booked a ticket to the World Cup and semifinals after beating their rivals Cameroon 1-0 on Thursday night.

Nigeria has now qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their best performance being at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.

The super Falcons will look to win their 10th WAFCON trophy when they meet hosts Morocco in the second semifinal match on Tuesday 19th July 2022.

Morocco who have for the first time reached the semifinals of the competition have also become the first North African country to qualify for the Womens World Cup and will be aiming at ending Nigeria’s dominance when they meet in the semifinals.

Morocco womens team celebrating qualification to the World Cup and WAFCON semifinals

The Womens Africa cup semifinals are set and it remains to be seen who will be crowned queens of Africa among Nigeria, South Africa , Zambia and Morocco.

WAFCON 2022 semifinal fixtures.

COPPER QUEENS EXCITE ZAMBIAN PRESIDENT

After sending them hearty best wish message before they played Tunisia on Wednesday, Zambian president Hakainde Hichilema has once again expressed excitement with what the Zambia womens national soccer team have so far achieved at the ongoing 2022 Morocco womens Africa cup of nations.

The girls who are without some of their star players which include Olympic record breaker Barbara Banda were urged by President Hichilema to take the WAFCON seriously as it presents an opportunity to qualify to the next edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup next year.

Zambia womens national soccer team at state house with the First Lady

President Hichilema wrote on his official Facebook page on Tuesday;

In his latest posting , the President has expressed excitement that the copper queens have qualified to the Quater finals , a feat they have achieved for the first time in their history after previously only finishing in the group stages at the three WAFCON editions.

President Hichilema wrote

Zambia defeated Tunisia 1-0 through an Avell Chitundu tap in goal from a Grace Chanda Assist on Wednesday to secure their first ever Quaterfinal appearance at the WAFCON with a game to spare.

The copper queens will wrap up their group stage campaign against Togo on Saturday as they will aim at finishing top of Group B ahead of Cameroon , Tunisia and Togo.

They are also targeting a maiden FIFA womens World Cup qualification by reaching the semifinals of the 2022 WAFCON which has been set as the qualification mode for African representatives at the next edition of the global womens football showpiece to be cohosted by Australia and New Zealand.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is scheduled to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023. The 2023 tournament will see the Women’s World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams.

FAZ BREATH FIRE ON CAF OVER BARBARA

The football association of Zambia has expressed disappointment over CAF president Patrice Motsepe’s statement that CAF was not aware that Zambian Star Barbara Banda was disqualified from the ongoing 2022 Womens Africa cup of nations due to eligibility rules.

Zambia women’s national team captain Barbara Banda

Motsepe expressed ignorance that CAF had disqualified Barabara Banda from participating at the WAFCON a thing which has irked FAZ president Andrew Kamanga describing it as unfair as they were following rules and regulations that have been set by the African football governing board.

CAF president Patrice Motsepe

Earlier, Zambian journalist Calvin Kaumba Chikenge was told by FIFA that their gender verification rules hadn’t been used on any African player at the ongoing WAFCON tournament as Kamanga demands that CAF allow players to participate in the tournament just like FIFA allows them to play at the Olympics and other international events.

According to the Football association of Zambia, Barbara Banda was disqualified from participating at the ongoing Womens Africa cup after failing to pass CAF eligibility requirements which CAF said they are not aware of.

Zambia’s football house

BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM THE ZAMBIAN FA

FAZ PROVIDES UPDATE ON WAFCON INELIGIBILTY CASES

Press Statement
(For Immediate Release)
Football Association of Zambia
Football House, Lusaka

06TH JULY 2022

Following a flurry of inquiries in the aftermath of the statement by CAF over the ineligibility of some of Zambia’s key players at the Morocco 2022 Africa Cup of Nations for Women (WAFCON), the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to set the record straight.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) was taken aback by the position of the Confederation of African Football that seemed to disown its own processes before a watching world media.

“It was a grossly unfair statement from CAF because all the federations participating in this tournament have been subjected to the competition rules which have been set by CAF. In this respect we were compelled to deal with medical requirements as part of eligibility. For CAF to turn around and say they were not aware is grossly unfortunate,” says FAZ president Andrew Kamanga.
“Whatever we do is part and parcel of what CAF requires. We did not exclude any player but in this case followed CAF regulations as prescribed by CAF.”

“CAF needs to apply the same standard used across various leagues and FIFA competitions for consistency since the excluded players remain eligible to play in their leagues,” Kamanga says.
“Regrettably, the players being denied an opportunity to showcase their skills on African soil have been free to play at FIFA and International Olympic Committee organized competitions that deploys a less stringent standard.”

Kamanga has urged the nation to rally behind the Copper Queens despite the challenges the team has faced in their chase for continental glory.

“For now, we urge the country to support the girls and give them an extra push and we engage the authorities in the background. We urge the public to respect the individual rights of the affected players as medical ethics demand that they enjoy the right to privacy,” he says.

“Most importantly let us support the excluded players at this hour and ensure that justice is accorded to them.”
The Copper Queens this afternoon plays Tunisia in their Group B encounter that follows through their 0-0 draw against Cameroon on Match Day One.

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FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA
Sydney Mungala
COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Zambian President Tips Copper Queens To Qualify To The World Cup

The President of Zambia Hakainde Hichilema has sent a hearty best wish message to the Zambia womens national soccer team who are at the 2022 Morocco womens Africa cup of nations.

The girls who are without some of their star players which include Olympic record breaker Barbara Banda have been urged to take the WAFCON seriously as it presents an opportunity to qualify to the next edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup next year.

Zambia womens national soccer team at state house with the First Lady

President Hichilema wrote on his official Facebook page;

“Best wishes to the Copper Queens as they kick off their Women Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) journey in Morocco today (July 3, 2022).

We are proud of the steps you have made so far including the historic Tokyo Olympic participation highlight.

“The WAFCON presents an opportunity for the Copper Queens to qualify to the FIFA World Cup pencilled for Australia-New Zealand next year. As government, we have spared no effort in ensuring that you are supported every step of the way.

“Go get them girls, we are rooting for you!
We love you
Bally
.” He concluded.

The copper queens kicked off their campaign at the WAFCON with a draw against Cameroon on Sunday, and will look to come back stronger tomorrow and record their first win when they face a Tunisia side that beat Togo 4-2 to top the group ahead of Zambia and Cameroon.

The semifinalists at the 2022 WAFCON will automatically book a place at the 2023 FIFA womens World Cup.

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