Mwape reinforces Copper Queens squad

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The Zambian Women’s national team is in camp preparing for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Copper Queens started their preparations in November last year when they beat Chile 2-1 before going on to lose 3-1 to South Africa earlier this month.

The squad has been reinforced with players such as Annie Kibanji, Florence ‘Mazuba’ Tembo, Lillian Kunda, Eunice Sakala, Edith Zimba, Vast Phiri and Esther ‘Onga’ Namukwasa.

They are among the 12 teams that have qualified for the Olympics and are the only representatives from Africa.

Zambia will discover their first opponents in the draw, to be held on Wednesday after being put in Pot 4.

The Olympics will officially run between 24 July and 9 August 2021, but sporting action kicks off two days before the opening ceremony with preliminary women’s football matches set to light up the occasion for various sports disciplines.

FULL-SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

Catherine Musonda (Indeni Roses), Ng’ambo Musole (Zesco), Ingutu Muchahabali (YASA), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi Queens), Edith Zimba (YASA).

DEFENDERS

Doreen Mwaseba, Margret Belemu (Both Red Arrows), Lilian Kunda (ZESCO Ndola Girls) Agness Musesa (Green Buffaloes), Anita Mulenga, Martha Tembo, Lushomo Mweemba (all Green Buffaloes), Esther Siamfuko (Queens Academy), Annie Kibnaji (Green Buffaloes), Ethel Chama (Green Buffaloes), Fikile Khosa (Red Arrows), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Florence ‘Mazuba’ Tembo (National Assembly).

MIDFIELDERS

Judith Zulu (Green Buffaloes), Mary Mulenga, Mary Wilombe (both Red Arrows),Evarine Susan Katongo (Luyando Foundation Girls), Avell Chitundu (Zesco), Milika Limwanya (Red Arrows ).

STRIKERS

Xiomara Mapepa (Lusaka Dynamos), Grace Chanda (Red Arrows), Barbara Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Ochumba Oseke (Red Arrows), Theresa Chewe (Green Buffaloes)

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By Ofhani Munyai

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