SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
NATIONAL women’s team coach Albert Kachinga has summoned 37 players for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Championship billed for
next month in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Kachinga said in a statement released by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) in Lusaka yesterday that the team needs to work hard to emulate their male counterparts who have recently excelled in regional tournaments.
“The ladies must take a leaf from the under-20 and 17 that are reigning regional champions while the senior team reached the final at the 2017 edition. A precedent has been set with the under-20 boys who got the COSAFA and won the Africa Cup to qualify for the World Cup.
“The under-17 brought in the COSAFA Cup and the senior men’s team went as far as the final. So we have to make sure that we work hard. We are not looking at anything less than the final. It is easier said than done, we need to put in a lot of hard work,” Kachinga said.
The She-polopolo are camped at Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) in Lusaka.
The COSAFA Women’s Championship has attracted 11 teams.
The teams are Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and hosts Zimbabwe.
The draws will be conducted on August 25.
Goalkeepers: Annie Namoonje (Mufulira Wanderers), Memory Chansa (Konkola Blades), Hazel Nali, Chiko Nkhoma (Red Arrows), Ngambo Musole, Catherine Musonda (Zesco United)
Defenders: Elizabeth Mutale (Green Eagles), Jane Chalwe (Zesco United), Grace Zulu, Jacqueline Nkole (Indeni), Marjory Mulenga (Moba Queens), Sharon Chileshe, Judith Zulu, Anita Mulenga, Annie Kibanji (Green Buffaloes), Margaret Belemu, Elizabeth Nachivula (Red Arrows), Elina Mbewe (National Assembly)
Midfielders: Carol Nsama (Mufulira Wanderers), Natasha Witika, Milika Limwanya (Zesco United), Astridah Pupe (Moba Queens), Ireen Lungu, Barbara Banda, Lweendo Chisamu (Green Buffaloes), Helen Chanda, Mary Wilombe, Misozi Zulu (Red Arrows), Rhoda Chileshe, Esther Mukwasa, Grace Nanyinza (Indeni)
Strikers: Grace Chanda (Zesco United), Noria Sosala, Theresa Chewe (Indeni), Esther Mushota (Moba Queens), Rachael Nachula (Green Buffaloes) and Havel Chitundu.