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A must-win for Copper Queens against Uzbekistan

Skipper Barbara Banda gets one better of Slovenia captain Zver Mateja.

In defense, the Copper Queens will have to be disciplined and organized to keep Uzbekistan’s redeeming efforts at bay.

Skipper Barbara Banda gets one better of Slovenia captain Zver Mateja

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It is match day for the Copper Queens against Uzbekistan: Zambia will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat when they face Uzbekistan in their third match at the 2023 Turkish Women’s Cup on Tuesday at 10h00.

After a promising start to the tournament with a hard-fought victory over North Macedonia, the Copper Queens came up short against Slovenia, with an early goal from Zver proving to be the difference.

In their opening game, Zambia showed resilience and character as they battled it out against a determined North Macedonian side. Grace Chanda’s late goal just at the mark end of the regulation time secured a vital victory for the African nation. However, the momentum could not be sustained, as they faced a tough challenge from Slovenia in their second outing.

The copper Queen’s character and formidable lineup showed the slug with a lack of teamwork

Zambia started brightly and created some good chances, but were unable to convert any of them into goals. Slovenia took chance from early on and grew into the game and began to take control of proceedings. The Copper Queens defended resolutely, but Zver’s early strike proved to be the decisive moment, consigning Zambia to defeat.

With two matches played, Zambia find themselves in a tricky position and will be determined to get back on track against Uzbekistan. The Asian side have also endured a heightened tournament so far, losing their first match against Slovenia (2-1) but losing even worse to South Africa (3-0) in their second outing.

Zambia will need to show more attacking intent and be clinical in front of goal if they are to get the result they need. The likes of Racheal Kundananji, Barbra Banda and Hellen Mubanga will need to be at their best to unlock the Uzbekistan defense.

In defense, the Copper Queens will have to be disciplined and organized to keep Uzbekistan’s redeeming efforts at bay. Goalkeeper Hazel Nali will play a crucial role in ensuring that her side remains solid at the back.

This promises to be a tightly engaging affair, with both sides eager to secure a victory. Zambia will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Slovenia and get their tournament back on track, while Uzbekistan will be looking to rise from their defeat at the hands of Slovenia and Banyanya.

It should be an intriguing encounter at the 2023 Turkish Women’s Cup.

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