A full of confidence Senior Women Chipolopolo National Soccer team has departed for Harare, Zimbabwe where they will meet their counterparts for the first leg final round of the Afcon Women finals to be held in Namibia later this year. Coach Charles Bwale has picked eighteen women to do battle for Zambia at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Bwale says he will approach the game with a lot of caution especially that the Zimbabwe women have a very sharp front line, but was quick to say he will not be defensive. “I saw them when they played South Africa and I noticed that they have a porous defence which we hope we can capitalise on”
Asked on how many women have been fused in from the Costa Rica squad Bwale said only goalkeeper Hazel Nali has joined the senior team for now.
Zambia is 180 minutes away from qualifying to the Women Africa Cup finals in October this year which will be held in Namibia.
And captain for the side Kabange Mupopo says her team is focussing only on one thing and that is victory. Mupopo is confident that the training they have had is siffient to silence the Zimbabwe Women Warriors right in their backyard.
The full list of players and officials is as follows:
1.Nali Hazel Goal Keeper Chingola Queens
2.Mirriam Katamanda GoalKeeper Red Arrows
3.Susan Banda Midfielder Red Arrows
4.Noria Sosala Striker National Assembly
5.Emeldah Musonda Defender Red Arrows
6.Mary Mwakapila Midfielder BUSA
7. Racheal Lungu Midfielder BUSA
8.Lweendo Chisamu Midfielder Chibolya Queens
9.Grace Zulu Defender BUSA
10.Anita Mulenga Defender Green Buffaloes
11.Macleana Daka Midfielder Breakthrough
12.Hellen Mubanga Striker BUSA
13.Misozi CR Zulu Midfielder National Assembly
14.Kabange Mupopo Midfielder Congo
15.Meya Banda Defender Green Buffaloes
16.Debora Chisanga Defender Red Arrows
17.Esther N Mukwasa Midfieder Mooba Queens
18.Annie Kibanji Defender Green Buffaloes
*BUSA-Bauleni United Sports Academy.
Head Coach Charles Bwale
Ass Coach Kaluba Kangwa
Ass Coach Kalumba Mpunga
Team Doc James Nyimbili
Team Physio Conerlia Chazura
Team Manager Chibwe Besa