Zambia Women’s National Team Coach, Bruce Mwape, has named his 35-member provisional squad for the 2023 FIFA World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand from 20 July to 20 August 2023.
Mwape has named a squad comprising 22 locals and 13 foreign based players that will have a local camp on June 3 before proceeding to Germany for an international camp preceding the biggest women’s football showpiece in the world.
Fit-again defenders Lushomo Mweemba and Esther Banda have also made Mwape’s roster after missing out on club and national team football for six weeks due to injury.
Indeni Roses defender Jacqueline Nkole, Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club striker Maylan Mulenga, ZANACO Ladies’ Regina Chanda, ZESCO Ndola Girls duo of Letisha Lungu and Avell Chitundu are some of the players that have been recalled after missing out on the Turkey and South Korea outing.
The Copper Queens are in Group C at the Women’s World Cup and will commence their debut outing with a match against Japan on July 22 followed by Spain four days later and Costa Rica on July 31.
Prior to the FIFA World Cup, the Copper Queens will set up base in Furth and will play high profile matches in Europe against Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and Germany.
Goalkeepers are Catherine Musonda (Tomiris-Turan-Kazakhstan), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi Queens), Hazel Nali (Fatih Vatan Sport-Turkey), Chitete Munsaka (Elite Ladies), Letisha Lungu (ZESCO Ndola Girls).
Defenders are Margaret Belemu (Shanghai Shengli-China), Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Lushomo Mweemba, Agness Musesa, Esther Siamfuko (all Green Buffaloes), Pauline Zulu, Esther Banda (BUSA), Judith Soko (YASA), Jackline Nkole (Indeni Roses), Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls).
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Midfielder are Comfort Selemani (Elite Ladies), Misozi Zulu (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Ireen Lungu, Hellen Chanda (both BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Evarine Susan Katongo (ZISD Women), Mary Wilombe, Susan Banda (both Red Arrows), Rhoda Chileshe (Indeni Roses), Prisca Chilufya (Fatih Karagumruk A.S-Turkey), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls).
Strikers are Xiomara Mapepa (Elite Ladies), Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (Red Arrows), Regina Chanda (ZANACO Ladies), Hellen Mubanga, Rachael Nachula (both Zaragoza CFF-Spain), Grace Chanda, Rachael Kundananji (both Madrid CFF-Spain), Barbra Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Maylan Mulenga (Green Buffaloes).
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