By Moses Mwanza | August 12, 2019
The 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship Golden Boot Award winner Rachel Nachula is happy with how the tournament panned out despite missing out on Gold Medals after losing the final to hosts South Africa.
Speaking in an interview from their Base in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Nachula says she is happy that the Copper Queens achieved something they had never done before by reaching in the finals and on an individual level by coming out as the overall Top Goal Scorer with 10 Goals and 4 assists to her name.
“The tournament was okay, I feel good because this was the first time Zambia has reached the finals and we are not disappointed as a team because we achieved something,” Nachula said.
Nachula who was Voted as a Player of the Match in the first game against Mauritius found the back of the net 10 times and assisted on 4 occasions in this year’s tournament. She expressed happiness with walking away with the Golden Boot Award and went on to thank her teammates for playing a vital role in her achieving this target which wasn’t very easy.
Being a top scorer in the tournament makes me feel good and very happy and I would like to thank my friends like Grace Chanda, Hellen Mubanga, Mary Mwakapila they were always encouraging me each time I had the ball to make use of it in an effective way and not shoot at goal anyhow they really helped and pushed me to score as many goals as possible- Nachula
Despite going down 1-Nil at the Hands of Banyana Banyana who capitalised on the Copper Queens’ Mistake in the box, Nachula described the final match has 50-50 but very unfortunate they couldn’t break their Opponent’s defence.
“Looking at the South African game, it was a 50-50 match but it’s just that we went down a bit and that’s when they found a chance to score but it was a tight match,” she said.
This was the first time for Zambia reaching the COSAFA Women’s Championship Final since the tournament started in 2002 and Nachula feels they keep learning new things especially last year’s tournament which helped them to do well and booked a place in the final.
“In this year’s tournament we have leant a lot, coming out 4th last year helped us to achieve something this time around by working on some things which led to us reaching the finals,” she said.
South Africa won the tournament for a record sixth time with Zambia only managing Silver medals while Zimbabwe beat Botswana in the third and fourth playoff to finish the third in the tournament.