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FAZ Boss Toasts U17 Women World Cup Qualification

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) wishes to congratulate the Under-17 Women National Team for qualifying to the Dominican Republic FIFA World Cup.

Zambia drew with Morocco 0-0 away in Berkane to qualify 3-1 on aggregate and punch their ticket to the world’s biggest event at under-17 level. FAZ president Andrew Kamanga said the qualification is a resounding testament of the great strides made in the development of the women’s game.

“On behalf of myself and the executive committee, I wish to salute the under-17 girls for their qualification to the Dominican Republic FIFA World Cup. It is yet again an example of the heights our women’s game has soared to,” Kamanga says.

“The conscious decision we took just after taking office in 2016 to invest in grassroots football for both women and men has evidently borne fruits.”

The FAZ chief says the qualification to the world cup of the under-17 girls adds to the fairy tale run of the women’s game that has seen the senior women national team qualify to the Olympics twice (2020 and 2024) in a row and achieved the historic FIFA World Cup qualification milestone (2023).

“While our senior women national team are thriving, we are even happier that the junior teams are following suit which gives us greater hope for the future. Our 10-year strategic plan is no doubt clear about the growth of youth teams for both men and women,”he said.

“It may be too early to talk about preparations for the World Cup but we will do what we have now made customary to give our teams quality preparations. Kamanga has also thanked the Zambian people for their sustained support to various football teams.

“Congratulations to the technical bench, staff and the FAZ secretariat staff for their support towards our various teams. We also thanks the fans for keeping the faith in our various teams.

The FIFA Women World Cup takes place in the Dominican Republic from 16 October-3 November 2024. Sixteen teams will compete at the world cup with Africa represented by three.

Source: Lusakatimes

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