Zambia Women’s Under-17 Squad List, Player profile and Pictures

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Manuela Giugliano of Italy battles with Mary Wilombe of Zambia during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Zambia team group during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Zambia team group during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The past
Zambia were knocked out by Ghana at their first attempt to qualify for the global stage in 2008, losing 2-0 at home and 4-0 away to go out 6-0 on aggregate. After failing to field a team for the second competition in 2010, the southern African country easily beat Botswana 7-1 on aggregate in the first round of the 2012 qualifiers before facing African heavyweights Nigeria in the final round. They found the west Africans too tall a hurdle to overcome, losing 2-1 and 5-0.

 

 

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - MARCH 15: Coach of Zambia Albert Kachinga looks on during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA – MARCH 15: Coach of Zambia Albert Kachinga looks on during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

 

The present
After giving up a lead in Lusaka against South Africa and then needing to find an equalising goal in the second half, few believed that the Shepolopolo would be able to qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals by winning in South Africa. However, they stunned the hosts in Johannesburg with an opening goal and were not flustered, even when South Africa hit back. Two goals in the second half – the second of which when they were down to ten players – saw them make history by becoming the first women’s team from their country to qualify for a World Cup finals.

The future
Although the Zambians will be making their first-ever appearance on the global stage, they will go to Costa Rica buoyed by the confidence of having beaten favourites South Africa to qualify for the finals. Former Zambian international Kalusha Bwalya, who now heads his country’s football federation, said it was a just reward for an ambitious women’s football development programme.

Valentina Bergamaschi of Italy battles with Lungu Bridget of Zambia during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Valentina Bergamaschi of Italy battles with Lungu Bridget of Zambia during the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Group A match between Italy and Zambia at Estadio Nacional on March 15, 2014 in San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo by Jamie McDonald – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Coach Albert Kachinga will build his team around the likes of Irene Lungu and Grace Chanda, who between them scored the three goals in the 3-1 victory against South Africa. “Certainly the World Cup is a very big stage, so we need to prepare well. Preparation is the key to success. If we prepare well, I am pretty sure we will do well,” he said after the victory against South Africa.

RESULTS
GROUP A
Match Date – Time Venue Results
1 15/03 20:00 San Jose Costa Rica 0:3 (0:0)Summary Highlights Venezuela
2 15/03 17:00 San Jose Italy 2:0 (1:0)Summary Highlights Zambia
9 18/03 20:00 San Jose Costa Rica Italy
10 18/03 17:00 San Jose Venezuela Zambia
17 22/03 20:00 Tibas Zambia Costa Rica
18 22/03 20:00 Alajuela Venezuela Italy
Nr. Name Date of Birth Position Clubs Height
1 Edina PHIRI 23/07/1998 GK St. Catherine University (ZAM) 140
2 Osala KALEO 08/07/1997 FW Lusaka Foundation (ZAM) 152
3 Chimwemwe MWALE 18/05/1997 DF National Assembly FC (ZAM) 140
4 Given MUKANDA 06/06/1998 DF Chiparamba Breakthrough (ZAM) 160
5 Barbra BANDA 20/03/2000 FW Bauleni United (ZAM) 153
6 Mary MULENGA 11/04/1998 FW Bauleni United (ZAM) 160
7 Lungu BRIDGET 07/01/1999 DF Chibolya Girls FC (ZAM) 139
8 Judith ZULU 11/09/1997 FW Bauleni United (ZAM) 145
9 Memory PHIRI 12/05/1998 FW Green Buffaloes FC (ZAM) 158
10 Janny MUBANGA 23/10/1998 FW Bauleni United (ZAM) 161
11 Grace CHANDA 11/06/1997 FW Ndola United FC (ZAM) 157
12 Hellen CHANDA 19/06/1998 MF OYDC Lusaka (ZAM) 142
13 Martha TEMBO 08/03/1998 DF Chibolya Girls FC (ZAM) 140
14 Ireen LUNGU 06/10/1997 FW Green Buffaloes FC (ZAM) 140
15 Grace MULAISHO 04/11/1998 MF Chilenje Girls FC (ZAM) 130
16 Hazel NALI 04/04/1998 GK Nchanga Queens FC (ZAM) 140
17 Mary WILOMBE 22/09/1997 DF Lusaka Foundation (ZAM) 153
18 Margaret BELEMU 24/02/1997 MF Red Arrows FC (ZAM) 140
19 Natasha WITIKA 06/06/1997 DF Chiparamba Breakthrough (ZAM) 152
20 Penelope MULUBWA 24/03/1998 FW Luanshya United FC (ZAM) 149
21 Ngambo MUSOLE 23/06/1998 GK Chiparamba Breakthrough (ZAM) 168
Coach: Albert KACHINGA (ZAM)
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