Zambia Defeats Costa Rica To Secure First Ever Women’s World Cup Win

Zambia women’s team made history by securing their first-ever victory at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, defeating Costa Rica 3-1. This is Zambia’s first appearance at the Women’s World Cup.

The game took place at Waikato Stadium on Monday, although both teams were already out of contention for the knockout stage.

Zambia, who endured heavy 5-0 defeats in their first two games, finished third in Group C, while Japan claimed the top spot after a dominant 4-0 victory over Spain.

On the other hand, Costa Rica finished at the bottom of the group, failing to secure a single point in their three matches.

From the onset, Zambia wasted no time against Costa Rica, scoring their first-ever tournament goal just 131 seconds into the match.

The early goal, a powerful one-timer by Mweemba from Avell Chitundu’s corner kick, shifted the momentum in favor of the Copper Queens.

They continued to control much of the first half and extended their lead when Banda successfully converted a penalty.

The match’s defining moment came in the 31st minute when Banda, a 23-year-old striker, calmly slotted the ball into the net from the penalty spot after being fouled by Katherine Alvarado inside the box.

This historic goal marked a significant milestone for Zambia’s women’s football.

Rachael Kundananji sealed the victory for Zambia with a well-executed goal in injury time, three minutes before the final whistle.

Banda’s through ball set up Kundananji, who finished with ease to confirm the Copper Queens’ triumphant win.

Ecstatic about their achievement, Zambia’s coach, Bruce Mwape, expressed his joy and praised the team’s hard work that led to the positive result. He also spoke of the hope for a different approach in future World Cup appearances.

Zambia’s star player, Banda, also shared her excitement and acknowledged the tremendous support they received from back home.

She described the match as a tough battle but highlighted the team’s determination to emerge victorious.

Looking ahead, Zambia’s next challenge will be against Mali on October 23 in the second round of Olympic qualifiers.

As the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup unfolds, Zambia’s victory will undoubtedly be remembered as a historic milestone for the team and the nation, leaving fans hopeful and proud of their accomplishments on the world stage.

Meanwhile, Costa Rica will reflect on their performance and regroup for future opportunities to shine in international women’s football.

Author: James Conteh

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *