The African representatives will start the campaign against the Dutch before the matches against China and Brazil follow.
Zambia head coach Bruce Mwape revealed his plan to stop the Netherlands on Wednesday during the start of the Group F Olympics at Miyagi Stadium.
Zambia is Africa’s only representative at the Olympics and will face the Netherlands, China and Brazil in their pool.
“We know it is the Netherlands, the team that has a lot of experienced players, but we did well in the preliminary round to qualify. [for the Olympics], so we expect our players to perform well in this competition, ” Mwape told Does media.
“Our goal is to play a more compact game, because if we let them go, they can use their experience, but it’s only 90 minutes and it depends on how you planned. They can have the experience, but if we go according to our plan, things can be 50/50. ‘
In a previous interview, Copper Queens captain Barbara Banda explained why they are not intimidated by their group rivals: ‘We have played so many high-level matches. We are not intimidated at all; our great achievement was to qualify and we The goal now is to do our level the best. The first game is always important. “If we go to our first game, we have to be the best to get the first three points,” she said.
“It will determine how far we will go in the tournament. It is up to them to show what they are capable of, and I am sure most of them will be professionals.”
Zambia return to the Olympics after 33 years since their participation in the 1988 competitions when the women’s team advanced to the quarter-finals. The African nation participated in the 1976 Games, but boycotted the 1980 event for political reasons, even though they qualified.
For the opening camp of the Netherlands, Mwape will miss Martha Tembo who was suspended, while Grace Chanda, the country’s leading scorer in the elimination, is expected to start up front. On July 24, the Copper Queens play against China before facing Brazil in the final group match days thereafter.