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Barbra Banda leads strong squad named for Morocco Friendlies

Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape has named a strong squad for the back-to-back friendlies against Morocco set for 22 and 26 September, 2023 in Rabat.

Captain Barbra Banda leads the squad announced by Mwape for the two matches alongside Rachel Kundananji and Ireen Lungu. 

Mwape has also handed call ups to youngsters Agness Phiri and Salome Phiri both of Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club. 

Goalkeeper Loveness Tonge has also been included in the provisional list. Zanaco Ladies defender Thelma Cheela has been handed her first national team call up. 

Surprisingly Agnes Musesa who partnered Lushomo Mweemba at the World Cup has been left out. Winger Xiomara Mapepa also misses out. 

Another omission is that of Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club in-form forward Maylan Mulenga. 

The technical bench will use the friendlies to prepare for the 2023 COSAFA Women’s Championship that will run from 4 October – 15 October in South Africa.

FULL SQUAD

GOALKEEPERS

Catherine Musonda (Tomiris-Turan-Kazakhstan), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi Queens), Leticia Lungu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Loveness Tonge (Prison Leopards)

DEFENDERS

Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies), Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Esther Siamfuko, Lushomo Mweemba, Esther Banda (all Green Buffaloes), Judith Soko (YASA), Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Jackline Nkole (Indeni Roses), Thelma Cheela (ZANACO Ladies)

MIDFIELDERS

Hellen Chanda (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Ireen Lungu (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Evarine Susan Katongo (ZISD Women), Mary Wilombe, Susan Banda (both Red Arrows), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Comfort Selemani (Elite Ladies)

STRIKERS

Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (Red Arrows), Hellen Mubanga (Zaragoza CFF-Spain), Rachael Kundananji (Madrid CFF-Spain), Barbra Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Agness Phiri, Salome Phiri (Green Buffaloes), Natasha Nanyangwe (Green Buffaloes), Regina Chanda (ZANACO Ladies)

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