Zambia’s Women’s National Team coach, Bruce Mwape, has revealed the names of 32 players who have been selected for the local provisional squad ahead of their upcoming friendly matches against South Korea. The matches, which are scheduled to take place on 7th and 11th April, are part of the team’s preparation for the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in July.
Despite missing defender Lushomo Mweemba due to injury, Mwape has retained the core of his local side, and has introduced some fresh talent into the mix. Among the first time call-ups are goalkeeper Christabel Njuka, midfielder Tisilile Lungu, and striker Sarah Jere, all from Zanaco Ladies. In addition to these, Martha Banda from BUSA, Luty Kamanga from YASA, and Inonge Kaloustian from ZISD Women have also been called up to the squad.
It will be interesting to see how this new-look team performs in the upcoming friendlies, as they gear up for what promises to be a tough World Cup campaign. Zambia has been drawn in Group C alongside Spain, Costa Rica, and Japan, and will need to be at their very best if they hope to progress to the knockout stages of the competition. Fans of the Copper Queens will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the team’s progress in the coming weeks, as they look to make their mark on the global stage.