By FAZ Media
The Zambia Women’s National Team has won the Team of the Year accolade at the 2022 National Sports Award held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka Saturday night.
The Copper Queens finished ahead of the Zambia National Equestrian Federation and Zambia Pool Union after breaking international records in 2022.
Bruce Mwape’s side finished third at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON), qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and won the COSAFA Women’s Championship for the first time in the tournament’s history.
To put icing on the cake, Copper Queens striker Grace Chanda won the 2022 Sport Woman of the Year accolade at the National Sports Awards.
The Madrid CFF forward shrugged off competition from Leah Heigate and Margaret Tembo to win the prestigious award.
At the same awards ceremony, Copper Queens assistant coach Florence Mwila won the female coach of the year award. Mwila is also the ZANACO Ladies Football Club coach.
Former Chipolopolo skipper Enock Mwepu received a special President’s Award for his contribution to football in the country. The Computer was forced to retire from football due to medical reasons.
Late former national team doctor Joseph Kabungo was also posthumously honoured.
The colourful event was officiated by Sports Minister Elvis Nkandu with musical acts by Moses Sakala, Trina Lusaka, Yo Maps, Chanda na Kay, Natasha and T-Sean spicing up the event.