Copper Queens Coach Mwape announce 38-member provisional squad for Paris 2024 Olympics (See list)


Copper Queens Coach, Bruce Mwape, has named a 38-member provisional squad for the Paris 2024 Olympics, scheduled to take place in France from July 24 to August 10, 2024.

The squad features the return of the Red Arrows quartet: Margaret Belemu, Mary Mulenga, Mary Wilombe, Ochumba Oseke Lubanji, and Hellen Mubanga, who were previously unavailable due to military training.

In addition to this quintet, Mwape has retained the majority of the team that played a crucial role in securing qualifications for both the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) and the Paris 2024 Olympics, led by the United States-based captain Barbra Banda.

Zambia aims to improve on their previous Olympic outing as they face tough competition in Group B against the USA, Germany, and Australia.

The Copper Queens would kick off their campaign against the United States on July 25 at Nice Stadium.

They would then face the Matildas of Australia in their second match three days later.

Their group stage will conclude with a clash against arch-rivals Germany at the Geoffroy-Guichard Stadium on July 31.

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Here is the provisional squad as announced by Mwape:


Catherine Musonda (Hapoel Raanana Women FC, Israel)
Ngambo Musole (Green Buffaloes)
Eunice Sakala (INDENI Roses)
Chitete Munsaka (Elite Ladies)

Martha Tembo, Lushomo Mweemba (both BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent, Kazakhstan)
Esther Siamfuko, Esther Banda, Diana Banda (all Green Buffaloes)
Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies)
Judith Soko (YASA)
Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls)
Esther Muchinga, Thelma Chella (both ZANACO Ladies)
Natasha Kapombo (INDENI Roses)
Margaret Belemu, Mary Mulenga (both Red Arrows)

Grace Chanda (Orlando Pride, USA)
Misozi Zulu, Hellen Chanda (both Hakkarigucu Spur, Turkey)
Ireen Lungu (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent, Kazakhstan)
Rhodah Chileshe (INDENI Roses)
Comfort Selemani (Elite Ladies)
Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls)
Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows)
Evarine Susan Katongo (Green Buffaloes)
Prisca Chilufya (Club Juarez Femenil, Mexico)

Barbra Banda (Orlando Pride, USA)
Rachael Kundananji (Bay FC, USA)
Eneless Phiri (Nkwazi Queens)
Kabange Mupopo, Agness Phiri (both Green Buffaloes)
Charity Mubanga, Fridah Kabwe (both ZESCO Ndola Girls)
Namasiku Lungowe (ZISD Women)
Rachael Nachula (Hapoel Jerusalem, Israel)
Ochumba Oseke Lubanji, Hellen Mubanga (both Red Arrows)

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