Olympic Games Dangote returns as Mwape names 34 Queens for Morocco clash

Zambia Women’s national team coach Bruce Mwape has named his 34-member squad for next month’s back-to-back 2024 Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier matches against the Atlas Lionesses of Morocco.

The squad includes Madrid CFF attacker Grace Chanda who has returned to training with her club after nine months out with illness. It will be the first time the former Red Arrows striker will be training with the Copper Queens having last featured in the 3-3 draw with Switzerland on 30 June, 2023.

INDENI Roses’ Rhoda Chileshe, who missed the Angola and Ghana assignments is also back and so is ZESCO Ndola Girls striker Charity Mubanga together with her teammate Vast Phiri. The team will start the camp on Sunday, 24 March 2024 after the FAZ Women’s Super League weekend fixtures.New call-ups include ZANACO Ladies defender Bernadette Mubanga and U17 midfielder Mapalo Maluba.

Israel-based goalkeeper Catherine Musonda and Hakkarigucu Spur (Turkey) midfielder Hellen Chanda miss out due to injury. The Copper Queens will host the Atlas Lionesses at 19h00 on Friday, 5 April 2024 before travelling for the away match on 9 April.

The overall winner over two legs will book one of the two available spots for African nations at the Olympics.The other slot will come from the Nigeria versus South Africa clash to complete Africa’s two representatives at the global event.

Zambia squad; Goalkeepers; Annie Namonje (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Ngambo Musole (Green Buffaloes), Eunice Sakala (INDENI Roses), Chitete Munsaka (Elite Ladies).

Defenders; Martha Tembo (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Esther Siamfuko, Lushomo Mweemba, Esther Banda (all Green Buffaloes), Pauline Zulu (Elite Ladies), Judith Soko (YASA), Vast Phiri (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Bernadette Mubanga, Thelma Chella (both ZANACO Ladies).

Midfielders; Grace Chanda (Madrid CFF), Misozi Zulu (Hakkarigucu Spur-Turkey), Ireen Lungu (BIIK Kazygurt Shymkent-Kazakhstan), Rhodah Chileshe (INDENI Roses), Comfort Selemani (Elite Ladies), Salome Phiri (Green Buffaloes), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Evarine Susan Katongo (Green Buffaloes), Ruth Mukisi, Esther Muchinga (both ZANACO Ladies), Mapalo Maluba (Marvellous Girls FC), Prisca Chilufya (Club Juarez Femenil-Mexico).

Strikers; Barbra Banda (Orlando Pride-USA), Rachael Kundananji (Bay FC-USA), Eneless Phiri (Nkwazi Queens), Kabange Mupopo, Agness Phiri (both Green Buffaloes), Charity Mubanga, Fridah Kabwe (both ZESCO Ndola Girls), Namasiku Lungowe (ZISD Women), Rachael Nachula (Hapoel Jerusalem-Israel).

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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