See who is in, out as coach Mwape names final female squad for S’Korea friendly


Zambia Women’s National Team Coach, Bruce Mwape, has named his final 24-member squad for two friendly matches against South Korea on April and April 11 in Seoul.

Mwape has named a squad comprising 15 locals and nine foreign-based players for the South Korea assignment that will test the Copper Queens readiness for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in July.

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However, the Coach will miss the services of defenders, Lushomo Mweemba and Esther Banda due to injury.

Another defender, Margaret Belemu has been excused in order for her to complete her switch from Hakkarigucu Spur in Turkey to Chinese Women’s Super League side Shanghai Shengli.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has sustained the tradition of organizing international games for the Copper Queens who has so far been involved in matches with Colombia (twice), North Macedonia, Slovenia and Uzbekistan in previous FIFA international windows.

Final- Squad
Goal Keeper : Catherine Musonda (Indeni Roses), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi Queens), Hazel Nali (Fatih Vatan Sport-Turkey)

Defenders: Agness Musesa, Esther Siamfuko (both Green Buffaloes), Judith Soko (YASA), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies), Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan)

Midfielders: Evarine Katongo (ZISD Women), Mary Wilombe, Susan Banda (both Red Arrows), Xiomara Mapepa, Comfort Selemani (both Elite Ladies), Ireen Lungu, Hellen Chanda (both BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan).

Strikers : Barbara Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (Red Arrows),
Hellen Mubanga, Rachael Nachula (both Zaragoza CFF-Spain), Grace Chanda, Rachael Kundananji (both Madrid CFF), Inonge Kaloustian (ZISD Women).

Contributed by Augustine Sichula

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