THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has waived gate charges for the She-polopolo 2012 CAF Africa Women Championship qualifier against South Africa's Banyana Banyana as a way of encouraging fans to support the team in their quest to qualify for their first ever continental showpiece.
FAZ Spokesperson Erick Mwanza said in Lusaka yesterday that it would be free for all at Nkoloma Stadium except for selected areas like the grand stand and VIP areas.
Banyana Banyana, who warmed up for this match with a 5-2 win over Tanzania at the weekend in a friendly match, are expected in the country tomorrow.
Mwanza said the association had for the last four years seen unprecedented development of women's football in the country and had competed well in both the Africa and World Cup qualifiers where they had entered for the first time.
He said the progress made by the teams was evident by the senior team who were in the final round of the Africa Women Championship qualifiers playing for a place against overwhelming favourites Banyana Banyana.
" The last four years, we have witnessed unprecedented development of women's football in Zambia. We have seen the establishment of the Under-17 and Under 20 teams for girls.
Since our independence, we have never come this far. Now our first finals are in sight and we know that it will be tough against South Africa who are overwhelming favourites," said Mwanza.
But Mwanza said the team was ready for the challenge that lies ahead and that FAZ challenged the team to go out and fight for every ball and put themselves up for qualification for the finals, adding that the team was in good shape after nearly two months of intensive training and some international practice games.
Mwanza said as a result of the Women's qualifier, the midlands would only have one MTN/FAZ Premier League game which would be live on SuperSport between Zanaco and Nakambala Leopards.
He said the match involving bottom placed National Assembly and Zesco United would be played on Sunday and would be live on SuperSport.