Col Katoba aims to serve football at national level
Women’s football in Zambia has been improving tremendously in the last few years but the gap between the female side of things and the men’s side is still very huge.
The one big difference between the two is the financial aspect, Whereas on the men’s side clubs can afford to buy big-name players across the Continent and pay them huge sums of money most Women’s teams can’t even afford mineral water for players to drink during a match and referees fees for their league games.
Most successful Women’s teams are either run as a social corporate responsibility (very few) or due to sacrifices and donations made by a few people with a heart for the Women’s game.
One person who has shown no reluctance in pushing the agenda of Women’s football is Green Buffaloes Women’s football club President and proprietor of Queens Academy, Colonel Priscilla Katoba.
The Zambia Army commissioned officer in the recent past made news for her motherly heart as she sponsors the education of several players but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
With a rich background in Women’s football development and leadership, Col Katoba believes it’s time to take her experience to the Football house as she is aspiring for the FAZ Women’s national representative seat.
So I understand football from both perspectives and as well starting from Grassroot which is developmental to senior level.
At Queens Academy, Col Katoba has assembled players from around the country who she keeps at her facility and sponsors at School as they prepare to participate in the yet to start FAZ National Women’s League.
Zambia U-17 Women’s national team captain Esther Siamfuko who is originally from Southern Province headlines this list. Three players namely Margaret Chileshe, Florence Mwale, and Vivian Kazembe are from Eastern province while one player, Sante Mukutwa is from North Western Province.
Others are Mwangelwa Ndandula from Western Province, Margret ‘Kabotolo’ Yambe, Tukule Daka,Joyce Chisizya, Triza Banda, Mable Munyati all from Lusaka with Chisha Chongo and Judith Kangwa coming from the Copperbelt Province.
Queens Academy also has boys teams starting from under 10,12,14 and the under-16 who are currently playing in the Central Province FAZ Youth League. The senior boys’ team is expected to play in the FAZ Division 3 central this coming season.
Col Priscilla Katoba is also the co-founder of Rising Stars Academy a club that provided 3 boys namely Thomas Mwambazi, Ricky Chanda, and Patrick Malama to the U-15 national team that went to Croatia for an invitational tournament. Mwambazi and Chanda are currently in South Africa with the Zambia U-17 national team who will be taking part in the COSAFA U-17 Championship.
In the six years, They have won the FAZ Lusaka Women’s League six times and contributes over half of the players to the national team including key players like Hazel Nali, Irene Lungu, and Martha Tembo, Lushomo Mweemba, Anita Mulenga, and Judith Zulu.
It’s also during her tenure that three players namely Zambia’s export to China, Barbara Banda, Mary Mwakapila (Hapoel Beershe’eva, Isreal), and Rachel Nachula (Zaragoza CFF, Spain) clinched professional contracts to play abroad.
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