Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club have acquired the services of Copper Queens duo of Comfort Selemani and Xiomara Mapepa together with Malawian defender Chimwemwe Madise on a short loan deal.
The deal for the trio is worth K30,000 according to the parent club, Elite Ladies.
The trio will help Green Buffaloes in the CAF Women’s Champions| COSAFA Qualifiers which will kick off later this month.
Buffaloes are in group A alongside Botswana side Double Action Ladies, Malawian side Ntopwa FC and Lesotho Defense Force.
“The Elite Ladies FC wishes to announce today that we have agreed to loan our striker Mapepa Xiomara, our attacking midfielder Comfort Selemani and our Malawian defending midfielder Chimwemwe Madise on a short term deal worth K30,000.
In a spirit of patriotism, The Elite Ladies offered the players to help Green Buffaloes, as our Zambian representative to perform better in regional and continental games starting with the COSAFA Women’s Champions League to be hosted in Durban from 30th August 2023 to 8th September 2023 and the CAF Champions League to be hosted in Ivory Coast later in the year.
The deal allows Green Buffaloes to pursue the players full time next season but they will remain as Elite Ladies FC players for the 2023/2024 FAZ Women’s Super League, unless appropriate offers are received from Europe, Asia or America.”
Comfort Selemani and Xiomara Mapepa were part of the Copper Queens contingent that went to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Meanwhile Chimwemwe Madise has been part of the Malawi Women’s National Team aka Scorchers that has participated at the COSAFA Women’s Championships every year since 2019 where she played as defender.
“A contract to actualise the deal was signed this morning with Warrant Officer Class 2 Beene Hauma, being the Team manager, and Warrant Officer Class 2 Kelvin Mwansa, being the club secretary representing Green Buffaloes Women’s Football Club and Mr Tom Stephen Phiri, being Team Manager, and Mr Chiti Chitundu, being Board member, representing The Elite Ladies.
Payment has been made in full and all formalities are in process.”
Green Buffaloes will start their CAF Women’s Champions League | COSAFA Qualifier 2023 campaign with a tricky encounter against Double Action Ladies of Botswana on 30th August.
Buffaloes will then clash with Ntopwa FC on 1st September before concluding their group matches on the 4th of September against Lesotho Defense Force, all their matches will take place at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
The semi-finals will take place on the 6th with the final and the third and fourth will take place two days later.
The teams will face-off in a round-robin format with the top two sides in each pool advancing to the semifinals. The winner of Group A will meet the runner-up in Group B, and vice-versa.
Comfort Selemani posing in KoPa