FIFA U17 WORLD CUP Zambia coach Kanyemba proud to make history with Copper Princesses

Coach of the Zambia U17 Women’s National Team coach, Carol Kanyemba, says she is honoured to have made history in her country as the first woman coach to qualify a team to a FIFA World Cup at any age level.

Before her, all the coaches that took the various Zambian national teams to World Cup tournaments were male – Patrick Phiri, George Lwandamina, Beston Chambeshi (all U20-Men), Albert Kachinga (U17–Women), and Bruce Mwape (Senior Women).

Speaking from Zambia exclusively to SABC Sport, the Copper Princesses mentor says the players wanted it more. “As a lady coach this qualification is really important and knowing that it’s the first time that a woman has ever qualified a team in my country, it’s a plus.

“Being part of the record breakers in the country is not an easy honour, I give all glory to God because he enabled us to reach this far. He enabled me to reach this far,” Kanyemba said.

“I also want to appreciate the technical bench that I work with because they really support me, the association for the support that they gave me and also for the players. They had the best attitude, they wanted it the most and I think that played a major role in us qualifying because if the players know what’s at stake I think the work becomes easier for us.

“So, they did it and they wanted it and they helped me make history and they made history themselves as well.”

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

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