Friday, September 22, 2023

Copper Queens off to Turkey

The Zambia Women’s National Team on Saturday evening left  for Alanya, Turkey for the 2023 Turkish Women’s Cup that kicks-off on Monday. 


The local assemblage of 12 Copper Queens and Spanish-based striker Hellen Mubanga left Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka aboard Qatar Airlines at 21h15. 

Bruce Mwape’s lasses will be joined by the foreign based players who include seven players that are already in Turkey. 

BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent trio of Martha Tembo, Hellen Chanda and Ireen ‘Xavi’ Lungu, the female Computer, are in Alanya for pre-season. 

Meanwhile Prisca Chilufya, Hazel Nali, Misozi Zulu and Margaret Belemu ply their trade in the transcontinental country. 

Others are Spanish based Rachel Kundananji, Grace Chanda and Rachel Nachula together with China based star forward Barbra Banda. 

Zambia will take on Slovenia on 18th February before concluding their outing with a clash against Uzbekistan on 21st February. 

The 2023 Turkish Women’s Cup is one of the tournaments that the Copper Queens will be actively involved in as they fine-tune for the FIFA Women’s World Cup that will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand in July. 



Catherine Musonda (INDENI Roses), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi Queens), Hazel Nali (Fatih Vatan Sport-Turkey)


Margaret Belemu (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Lushomo Mweemba, Agness Musesa, Esther Siamfuko (all Green Buffaloes), Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies), Esther Banda (BUSA), Judith Soko (YASA)


Misozi Zulu (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Ireen Lungu, Hellen Chanda (both BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Evarine Susan Katongo (ZISD Women), Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows), Prisca Chilufya (Fatih Karagumruk A.S-Turkey)


Xiomara Mapepa (Elite Ladies), Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (Red Arrows), Hellen Mubanga, Rachael Nachula (both Zaragoza CFF-Spain), Grace Chanda, Rachael Kundananji (both Madrid CFF), Barbara Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China)

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