Zambian women’s national team tested its might ahead of next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup with European opposition in an international friendly match against Switzerland on Friday.
It had lost its previous match 3-2 to another European opponent in the Republic of Ireland last week but surrendered a 3-1 lead this time around.
Barcelona defender Ana Maria Crnogorčević opened the scoring for the Swiss in the eighth minute from Ramona Buchanan’s assist before Bruce Mwape’s side replied with three goals in the first half.
Grace Chande equalised for the Sothern African side in the 13th minute of play.
Captain Barbra Banda gave the WAFCON 2022 bronze medalists the lead for the first time in the game seven minutes later.
Banda turned provider for Madrid CFF forward Rachael Kundananji who made it 3-1 in the additional minutes of the first half.
The Swiss cam out with more purpose in the second and pulled a goal back in the 54th minute from Piubel.
Coumba Sow equalised for Switzerland in the 81st minute to ensured that both sides share spoils.
Zambia will next face Germany in another friendly match before booking its flight to its maiden World Cup to face Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
There is also the matter of Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers for the Copper Queens against either Burkina Faso or Mali on October 23 after the World Cup.
Switzerland will play Morocco in an international friendly match on July 5 before facing Philippine, Norway, and New Zealand at the World Cup.
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