Nchanga Queens scoop Kopala Christmas Tourney

By Mercy Chewe
Nchanga Queens have scooped the inaugural FAZ Copperbelt Province Women’s Christmas Tournament.

Queens were crowned champions after beating Kitwe Girls 3-0 on post-match penalties in the final played at Kamfinsa Grounds in Kitwe on Sunday.

The final was decided on penalties after a goalless draw in regular time.

Nchanga Queens avenged the 1-0 loss suffered at the hands of Kitwe Girls earlier in the group stage of the competition.

Nchanga Queens converted spot kicks through Tricia Mabamba, Brenda Lombanya and Gracious Tailoshi while Kitwe Girls missed all their three spot kicks thanks to impressive Nchanga keeper Sitali Bunongo.

Nchanga coach Charity Nthala said: “When we started the preparations for the tournament, we had to prepare our players physiologically and during training we told the girls to enjoy the game and to have fair play.”

Nursing Stars came out third after beating Candice Girls 3-0 in the third and fourth place play-off match played earlier.

Meanwhile, FAZ Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Patrick Ndhlovu, Women’s Representative Esther Banda and Shepolopolo midfielder Avell Chitundu from ZESCO Ndola Girls watched the final.