Zambia women’s national team coach Bruce Mwape has been accused of inappropriately touching a Copper Queens player during the Women’s World Cup. FIFA has opened an investigation.
Bruce Mwape could say goodbye to his coaching career. The Zambian technician is under investigation by FIFA, accused of sexually inappropriate behavior towards his players, during the 2023 Women’s World Cup which takes place in Australia and New Zealand. It was through a press release published on its official website that the world body announced the news, adding that the accused will be severely sanctioned if the facts are proven.
“We can confirm that a complaint has been received regarding the Zambia Women’s National Team and this is currently under investigation“, declared a FIFA spokesperson. “FIFA takes any accusations of inappropriate behavior very seriously and has a clear procedure in place for everyone in football to make a report.“, continued the court.
According to several sources including The Guardian, the Zambia coach touched the chest of a player before the match against Costa Rica. Witnesses to the scene reportedly decided to wait until the end of their campaign to lodge a complaint, but raised their concerns with a FIFA delegate who accompanied the team throughout their short stay at the World Cup .
Zambia was the only African team to leave the World Cup in the first round despite its very first historic victory in this competition, against Costa Rica (3-1). The Copper Queens’ preparation for the tournament was marred by accusations of sexual abuse and protests against the management of the team, with bonus arrears dating back two years.