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Bruce Mwape reveals Zambia’s final Awcon camping plans in Abidjan

10:59 am AEDT 12/11/18
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With a week to Equatorial Guinea showdown in Cape Coast, the Shepolopolo gaffer has shared their mission in the Ivorian capital

Zambia women head coach Bruce Mpabe says his side are in Abidjan to acclimatise with the West African weather ahead of this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.

The Shepolopolo will be making their second appearance at the women’s showpiece this year following a poor debut campaign at the 2014 edition in Namibia.

And despite upsetting Ghana in a friendly, the gaffer is still not satisfied as he is hoping to perfect his tactical plans and strategies during their camping in Abidjan.

He further ruled out plans for friendly matches in the Ivorian city, stressing that the decision was taken in thoughts to avert injuries days to the tournament.

“We are going to Ivory Coast for fine-tuning, although we were supposed to play some friendlies time is not on our side,” Mbampe told Goal.

“Based on our initial arrangement, we ought to play a friendly on 8 and another on 12 but due to our late arrival to Abidjan, there won't be a need for friendlies again. We are also trying to avoid injuries. We only want to acclimatise in Ivory Coast.

“I think we have done everything. The rest we need to do is just to finish with some tactical exercises, training and set pieces. The morale among the girls is very high and they also know what is at stake.

“After our friendly with Ghana, we told them (Zambia players) not to be complacent. Ghana is a very good team and beating them - people could lose direction and think that all is well. But we just have to be well-prepared and focused on the tournament.”

Zambia will commence their campaign against Equatorial Guinea in group stages on November 18 in Cape Coast before tacking Nigeria and later South Africa.