Heart to Heart with Maweta Chilenga
Born on 3rd August 2003 Gloria Maweta Chilenga is a young female Footballer who plays for the Football Association of Zambia(FAZ) Lusaka Province Women’s League side Bauleni United Sports Academy (BUSA) and she is also a Midfielder for the Zambia U-17 Women’s National Team.
Maweta started her football journey in 2011 when she joined Sport In Action based at Munali Grounds in Lusaka where she spent 5 Years with the team before she moved across the Great East Road to NRDC and joined Football Chance Foundation and she was with them from 2016 until 2018.
In May 2019, she joined Bauleni United Sports Academy(BUSA) Coached by Kaluba Kangwa who is also Zambia U-17 Women’s national team coach and that was the same year that she was selected to be part of the Zambia Under-20 and 17 National Teams that competed at the 2019 inaugural COSAFA Women’s Championships in South Africa and Mauritius respectively.
In South Africa, the Under-20 team were runners-up and settled for Silver losing in the final to Tanzania 2-1 whereas in Mauritius the Under-17 minted Bronze after defeating Botswana 3-0 in the 3rd and 4th play-off with Maweta also registering her name on the scoresheet.
The ZamFoot Crew had a chat with Maweta who shared how her football journey has been so far.
Q) – Hey Gloria, but we like calling you Maweta(laughs), thank you so much for your time.
To begin with what inspired you to start playing football especially at an early age of 8.?
A) – My dad Mr. Don Chilenga used to like watching football so much, he actually played as well but not that much, even though his attention moved to Karate and he got involved into this sporting discipline of Karate and he is now a Karate Sensei but it was his love for football that inspired me to join the sport.
Q) – Wow that’s awesome, apart from you and your father is there anyone else in your family who is into sports.?
A) – We are 4 who are in Sports, there’s dad, my brother, sister and myself. My dad’s involvement in Karate also inspired both my brother Nathan Chishiba Chilenga and my young sister Annie Chishiba Chilenga to join Karate and they are doing so well.
Q) – Do you have a nickname?
A) – Yes, (laughs) they call me Gaucho named after one of the most skillful and talented Brazilian players ever on earth Ronaldinho Gaucho because I can also do wonders with the ball.
Q) – Which one is your Memorable game to have featured.?
A) – My memorable game was last year during the 2019 COSAFA semi-final match against South Africa, in that match my display was exceptional and the goal I scored from 30-yards was marvelous despite the fact that we lost that match 2-1 but the overall performance was great.
Q) – Is there any worst and painful game.
A) – well the worst and painful match for me is the one we played against South Africa recently which was a Qualifier for the FIFA Women’s Under-17 India World Cup, we edged them 2-nil here at Nkoloma Stadium but unfortunately went on to lose 3-0 that was really painful for me because we were eliminated from the qualifiers via 3-2 aggregate scoreline.
Q) – That was a sad development indeed, but well let’s talk about your favorite players, both local and international, and tell us the reasons why you go for them.
A) – On the local front my favorite player is Kabwe Warriors Midfielder, Jimmy Beleck Ndhlovu, the reason is that his playing style is exceptional and exciting too, and he has an eye for goals.
Q) – Lionel Messi is my favorite international player because of the way he dribbles, he’s playing techniques and how he assists with goals is just amazing with the way he does his magical footwork with the ball.
A) – Okey well said Maweta, by the way, which is your dream team you would love to play for.?
A) – I would love to play for the Barclays FA Women’s League side Arsenal or French side Olympique Lyonnais which is the most successful club in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and are the current defending champions after they defeated Barcelona Feminine 4-1 in last year’s final and have won the Champions League title a record 6 times out of their 8 appearances.
Q) – Who are your Top 5 best players.
A) – My best top 5 players are, Ronaldinho(former Brazilian), Lionel Messi(Barcelona, Spain), Francis Bubu Mutalange(Sport In Action(SIA), Zambia), Jimmy Beleki Ndhlovu(Kabwe Warriors, Zambia) and Alexandra Morgan(Orlando Pride, USA).
Q) – What has been your challenge playing a sport that is male dominant?
A) – For now I think there’s no challenge for me(laughs), because it’s now 50-50, Women are now aiming to stand on an equal page as the men so it’s at par.
Q) – Finally, what’s your football target?
A) – I want to be the first Zambian female player to win the Ballon’dor.
We would like to wish Maweta the very best of luck in her football career.
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