Hamilton Kirikiriroa is proud co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ and base camp for Zambian team the Copper Queens.
Women's football has come a long way in Zambia. At a time when no girl played soccer in Africa, the Football Association of Zambia was among the first to introduce women's football in 1982. Today, the Zambian women's national football team are seeing some glorious times.
With the tournament kicking off on July 22 with Zambia v Japan we have great reasons why Hamilton Kirikiriroa should back this talented team!
1. The Copper Queens are the first to represent Zambia at a FIFA Women’s World Cup. This tournament is the biggest female sporting event in the world and the Copper Queens are honoured to be part of it.
2. The Copper Queens are the first landlocked African nation to have ever qualified.
3. Captain Barba Banda was the name on everyone’s lips after Tokyo 2020, when she became the first player in Women’s Olympic Football Tournament history to score back-to-back hat-tricks.
4. Just qualifying for this tournament is writing history for Zambia. An increase in female football has taken off and all grassroots players want to play for the national team.
5. Ranked at 77 in the world -they’re up for the challenge in Group C and not fazed by Spain (ranked 7), Japan (ranked 11) and Costa Rica (ranked 36).
6. Coach Bruce Mwape believes nothing is impossible, the results can go either way – and victory is possible.
7. It gives Hamilton Kirikiriroa the chance to enrich the bond between the African community and showcase tradition, culture and heritage.
8. With only 80 families from Zambia living in Hamilton Kirikiriroa – The Copper Queens are hoping their base camp is a memorable one and Hamilton creates a home away from home with support and backing during their games.
9. Zambia’s first game will be against reigning champions Japan.
10. They will bring some energy and excitement to the tournament with their flamboyant style and characteristics!
Zambia’s participation in this tournament spells hope that heroes can be born even when one least expects.