Grace Chanda, the dynamic striker for the Copper Queens and Madrid CFF, is brimming with excitement for the opportunity to showcase her skills on the world stage at the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in July 2023. Copper Queens have been drawn into a challenging group C, alongside powerhouse teams Spain, Japan and Costa Rica.
But Chanda is not daunted by the competition, seeing it as a chance to inspire a new generation of young girls in Zambia to take up the sport and raise the profile of women’s football in her home country. “I hope that our performance in the World Cup will help to change the perception of women’s football in Zambia and show that we are just as capable and talented as the men,” says Chanda.
Chanda is no stranger to proving herself on the field, having already made a name for herself in Spain as one of the top scorers for Madrid CFF in her first season with the team. “It’s been an incredible experience playing in Spain and competing against some of the best players in the world,” she says. “I’ve learned so much and I’m excited to bring that back to the Copper Queens and help us to succeed.”
But Chanda also acknowledges that there is still a long way to go for women’s football in Zambia. “It’s not easy being a female football player in Zambia. We don’t have the same resources and support as in other countries,” she says. “But I believe that with hard work and determination, we can change that and create a brighter future for women’s football in our country.”
With her talent, drive and determination, Grace Chanda is a force to be reckoned with on and off the field. And as the Copper Queens prepare to take on the world at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, one thing is for certain: they will have this fierce striker leading the charge.