Sunday, June 23, 2024

South Korea vs Copper Queens: Bruce Mwape makes three changes

Zambia Women’s National Team head coach Bruce Mwape has made three changes to the team that suffered a 5-2 loss on Friday. 

Ochumba Oseke Lubanji, Mary Mulenga and Mary Wilombe have been drafted into the starting line up. 

Esther Siamfuko, Ireen Lungu and Evarine Susan Katongo have dropped to the bench to make way for the trio. 

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cho So-Hyun and Brighton and Hove Albion forward Lee Geummin scored a brace each to guide South Korea to a 5-2 win. 

Skipper Barbra Banda will lead the attack alongside Spanish based trio of Rachel Nachula, Grace Chanda and Rachel Kundananji. 

Ochumba and Wilombe will partner in midfield with Mary Mulenga starting at right back, Martha Tembo at left back while Agness Musesa and Pauline Zulu once again partner at the heart of defence. 

The match will kick off at 12:00 hrs at the Yongin Mireu Stadium. 

South Korea, ranked 17th in the World, is in Group H alongside Morocco, Colombia, and Germany. The two matches against Zambia have provided them an opportunity to face African opposition as part of preparations for the FIFA World Cup. 

Zambia are in Group C alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica.The World Cup will kick off on July 20 in Australia/New Zealand.

Zambia Starting XI vs South Korea: 1. Catherine Musonda, 3. Mary Mulenga, 5. Pauline Zulu, 6. Mary Wilombe 10. Grace Chanda, 11. Barbra Banda ©, 13. Martha Tembo, 15. Agness Musesa, 17. Rachel Kundananji, 20. Rachel Nachula, 24. Ochumba Oseke Lubanji 

Substitutes bench: 16. Hazel Nali (GK)  18. Eunice Sakala (GK), 2. Judith Soko, 4. Esther Siamfuko, 7. Inonge Kaloustian, 8. Susan Banda, 9. Hellen Mubanga, 12. Evarine Susan Katongo, 14. Ireen Lungu, 21. Hellen Chanda, 22. Comfort Selemani. 

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  1. We have watched the match and already the game has revealed the coach inefficiencies. He may have qualified us to the world cup but lacks tactical acumen! Let’s learn from countries such as France. The national coach has been sidelined without attaching any sentiments that is the person who qualified them to the world cup. Bruce definitely is not up to the task. He needs technical and tactical help. If Bruce is not ready to work with someone show him the door. Otherwise the team is in for a bashing at the world cup.

  2. Let’s play many games in one game. That’s the identity of the team. Asians are fighting for the same respect as us. Be serious when you meet them.

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