Zambia’s national women’s football team, the Copper Queens, are currently facing criticism from fans over their team selections. Many supporters are questioning the criteria being used by the technical bench to select players for the squad.
The controversy stems from the exclusion of Avell Chitundu, who has been in top form for her club ZESCO Ladies, scoring an impressive 12 goals this season. Despite her impressive performance, Chitundu has been repeatedly overlooked by the technical bench, leaving many fans scratching their heads and wondering what more she needs to do to earn a spot on the national team.
Adding to the controversy is the inclusion of Inonge Kaloustian, a US-born player who has yet to make an impact since signing for ZISD. With zero goals and zero goal involvements, Kaloustian‘s performance has been underwhelming, leaving many fans puzzled as to why she’s being selected over other more deserving players. In a recent game where she was an unused substitute, Kaloustian‘s lack of impact was highlighted even further.
Zambian football fans are now demanding transparency from the technical bench in their player selection process. Many supporters are urging the bench to focus on current form and performance, rather than reputation or favoritism, in order to give all deserving players an opportunity to showcase their talent on the national stage.