Sunday, July 14, 2024

38 Copper Queens named in Olympics provisional squad 

Copper Queens boss Bruce Mwape has named a 38 member provisional squad for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The tournament will take place in France from 24 July – 10 August 2024.

A number of key players have made a return to the team including Margaret Belemu, Mary Wilombe and Ochumba Oseke Lubanji who were out doing military training with the Zambia Air force. 

Midfield ace Evarine Susan Katongo also makes a return after missing the back to back final round qualifiers against Morocco due to injury. 

Skipper Barbra Banda leads the squad alongside Rachel Kundananji, Grace Chanda, Lushomo Mweemba and Ireen Lungu. 

Zambia will be aiming to get out of the group and to do one better than the previous Olympics outing when they clash against USA, Germany and Australia in Group B.

The Copper Queens opening match will be against United States on 25th July at the Nice Stadium before facing the Matildas of Australia in the penultimate match three days later. 

They will wrap up their group campaign with a tussle against arch-rivals Germany at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium on 31 July.

PROVISIONAL SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

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

DEFENDERS

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)

MIDFIELDERS

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), 

STRIKERS

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).

Aaron Mubanga
Aaron Mubangahttps://zambianfootball.co.zm
Aaron Mubanga is a qualified Environmental Health Technologist| Editor in Chief of Zambia's biggest all local football website ZamFoot| Player manager for Copper Queens duo of Barbra Banda and Evarine Susan Katongo |Brand Ambassador for Betway|Talent Scout| Women's Football Ambassador| Blogger | Football Writer|

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