Zambia Women’s national football team will be taking part in their third Women’s Africa Cup of Nations next month.
Coach Bruce Mwape has named a strong 23 member squad for the tournament that will be staged in Morocco between 2nd and 23rd July, 2022.
The ZamFoot Crew now looks at the players who have made the squad for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
The jersey number 1 will be on the back of Indeni Roses goalie Catherine Musonda who is making her first appearance at the prestigious tournament.
Musonda was ruled out of the 2018 edition after sustaining an ankle injury in a friendly match against Cameroon prior to the tournament hence missing out.
She has been a long time understudy of Turkey based goalminder Hazel Nali and will be looking to finally make own mark at the tournament.
In July, 2019 she was involved in a road traffic accident that claimed 14 lives but luckily she only sustained a broken arm and some minor head injuries.
She was back for in 2020 for the Olympics despite Hazel again being the one to take her place between the sticks.
The 24 year old is keen to impress and mount a proper challenge for the first choice goalkeeper slot.
Musonda has been Indeni Roses’ number 1 for a long time in the local league and she is known for her outstanding reflexes and quick reactions. Her superpower however is her penalty-saving skills, an art she has perfected.
With Musole Ng’ambo out of the way, It will be interesting to see whether Musonda will displace Hazel Nali or maybe new comer Leticia Lungu will steal the show.
The Copper Queens start their campaign against Cameroon at the Mohammed V stadium on July 3 before facing North Africans Tunisia three days later. They will wrap up their Group B engagement with a tie against debutants Togo on 9 July.
The top four finishers in Morocco will qualify directly for the World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023, while two additional teams will progress to the intercontinental play-offs.