Friday, June 21, 2024

Copper Queens: Rhoda Chileshe returns, Natasha Nanyangwe summoned as Katongo leads 30 member squad

Rhoda Chileshe has made her return to the national team set up after being out for over two years.

The Indeni Roses midfield general has been named in coach Bruce Mwape’s 30-member squad for next month’s fixture against a combined FAZ Women’s Super League select team.

Chileshe suffered a knee injury during a Tokyo 2020 Olympics final round first leg qualifier against Cameroon away in Yaoundé on 5th March, 2020 and has since been in and out of the treatment room before finally making a return to action at her club.

Midfield ace Evarine Susan Katongo has made the squad alongside other impressive youngsters like Esther Siamfuko, Lubasi Pumulo, Jessy Zulu, Esther ‘Gelo’ Banda.

Evarine Susan Katongo celebrates with Hazel Nali after qualifying to 2022 AWCON

Green Buffaloes impressive young striker Natasha Nanyangwe has also been handed a call up following her exploits with the Zambia army sponsored outfit.

The game against a joint Zone A and B select team will act as part of preparations for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), and offers Mwape a platform to pick players ahead of the AWCON in Morocco in July.

39 players comprising 19 from Zone A and 20 players from Zone B will face-off on Saturday and the top performing players will be named in the squad against the Copper Queens to be played on the weekend of 16-17 April.

FULL SQUAD:

GOALKEEPERS
Agness Banda (National Assembly), Aisha Mbwana (Green Buffaloes), Ngambo Musole, Leticia Lungu (both ZESCO Ndola Girls)

DEFENDERS
Esther Siamfuko (Queens Academy), Elizabeth Nachivula (Red Arrows), Margret Mulenga (Lusaka Dynamos Ladies), Judith Soko (YASA Girls), Anita Mulenga, Lushomo Mweemba, Agness Musesa, Martha Tembo, Patricia Lampi (all Green Buffaloes),

MIDFIELDERS
Rhoda Chileshe, Eveness Mukwasa (both Indeni Roses), Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows), Evarine Suzeni Katongo (ZISD Women), Lubasi Pumulo (Green Buffaloes), Sibongile Banda (Nkana), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Esther Banda (BUSA)

STRIKERS
Jessy Zulu (Pataaki), Grace Chanda, Ochumba Oseke Lubanji (both Red Arrows), Natasha Nanyangwe, Theresa Chewe (both Green Buffaloes), Lungowe Namasiku (ZISD Women), Charity Mubanga (Nkana), Nandhipa Mkombe Katatisha (National Assembly), Xiomala Mapepa (Lusaka Dynamos Ladies)

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