Women Football WAFCON Qualifier: Banda to lead Zambia for clash against Angola

Zambia women’s national team coach Bruce Mwape has named his 26-member provisional squad for the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) second-round back-to-back matches against Angola.

Mwape has a mix of local and foreign-based players with the former entering camp on Sunday, November 19 to prepare for the first leg due on November 29 before hosting Angola on December 5. Apart from Kazakhstan-based players whose league ended last month, the other foreign-based players will join camp when the FIFA women’s international window opens on November 27.

Zambia will be seeking a fourth consecutive appearance at the WAFCON and build on their highest-ever podium finish when they won bronze at the expense of Nigeria at the 2022 WAFCON held in Morocco.

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Full squad; Goalkeepers; Catherine Musonda (Tomiris-Turan-Kazakhstan), Leticia Lungu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Ngambo Musole (Green Buffaloes), Loveness Tonge (Green Eagles).

Defenders; Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Lushomo Mweemba, Esther Banda, Esther Siamfuko (all Green Buffaloes), Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies), Judith Soko (YASA), Esther Muchinga (ZANACO Ladies), Mirriam Moono (Trident Queens).

Midfielders; Misozi Zulu (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Ireen Lungu, Hellen Chanda (both BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Evarine Susan Katongo (ZISD Women), Susan Banda (Red Arrows), Prisca Chilufya (Club Juarez Femenil-Mexico), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls).

Strikers; Rachael Kundananji (Madrid CFF-Spain), Barbra Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Rachael Nachula (Hapoel Jerusalem-Israel), Agness Phiri (Green Buffaloes), Eneless Phiri (Nkwazi Queens), Sara Jere (ZANACO Ladies), Fridah Kabwe (ZESCO Ndola Girls).

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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