Col Katoba: A Lady determined to improve women’s football
The worldwide outbreak of the Coronavirus has put everything on hold and the world of football has not been spared.
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) was supposed to hold their elections last month but due to the Coronavirus outbreak and a number of injunctions, the elections will have to wait for now.
The candidates, however, are already known and most of them are busy campaigning and spreading the gospel according to their manifestos.
In the Women’s national representative category the incumbent Brenda Kunda comes up against formidable opposition in Nkana’s Kunda Bowa, Mwansa Mutangama from KYSA, and the frontrunner, Col Priscilla Katoba who is both Green Buffaloes Women’s Football team President and proprietor of Kabwe based Queens Academy Football Club.
The 44-year-old has set an unprecedented record at Green Buffaloes Women’s football club is the longest-serving President, Six years now and in that time, The club has dominated the Lusaka FAZ Women’s League and contributed over 70% of the Women’s national team.
Col Katoba is currently the Deputy Director-General Finance Branch and draws her motivation from her late father Mr. Fredrick Katoba who was the President and sponsor of Sala United football club in Nampundwe area Mumbwa District and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.
My late dad remains my best mentor, I loved the way he administrated the club. My female mentor is the current and first-ever FIFA Secretary General madam Fatma Samoura. She inspires me a lot, and I feel I have a lot I can learn from her, and at her level and achievements, I feel she is the best female football administrator that I look up to she is my role model.
Col Katoba is keen on seeing the formation of a well-structured women’s league since currently we only have Provincial leagues and luring sponsors to the Women’s game which has greatly improved of late.
Col Katoba believes the lack of enough knowledgeable women football administrators that understand women football and the needs of the girls, in general, is one of the biggest problems faced currently.
She also wants to see equality in the game especially when it comes to the conditions of service as compared to their male counterparts even at the level of National teams.
Her decision to stand is because she feels she can bring a positive change to end certain challenges faced in the administration of the women’s football.
I understand women football looking at the vast experience that I have with GBWFC and Queens sports Academy Ladies FC. Women Football needs women football administrators that understand and know the experiences of the girls, women that have handled the game at that level, and I feel I have the experience and I am equal to the task.
During her reign at GBWFC, The team has been champion of the Lusaka women’s league 6 times, They won the first-ever Women’s Charity Shield, They won the first-ever National Women’s Championship pocketing K40,000 and they have reached the finals of the first-ever introduced provincial tournament.
I’m a lady of action and for me; It’s about what I can do for football, and not what football can do for me.
Because of the good work, she has done both at Green Buffaloes Women’s football club and Queens Academy the Football Association of Zambia appointed her as the delegation leader of the U-17 Women’s national team for 2019 COSAFA tournament.
The Colonel does not just treat the girls like her Children and help them reach their full potential football-wise but also sends them to school to make sure they get an education.
At the moment she is currently sponsoring five Green Buffaloes players including Zambia U20 Women’s striker Maylan Mulenga and a number of Queens Academy players like Strikers Niza Njobvu and Josephine Kasongo.
Women’s football in Zambia has surely developed in the last few years though you can’t single out individuals in this great achievement one can surely commend and appreciate the work done by the Colonel in helping to make sure that Zambian Women’s football is on an upward trajectory.
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