Zambia Women’s national team defender Margaret Belemu has recently signed a two-year deal with Chinese Taiping Women’s Super League side, Shanghai Shengli.
This move marks Belemu‘s reunion with Copper Queens’ Skipper Barbra Banda, who is already on the books of the Chinese giants. Belemu had initially planned to join the team over a year ago, but the move broke down due to travel restrictions.
Belemu recently cut short her stay at the Turkish Women’s Super League Hakkarigucu Sports Club, where she had been on loan since September 2021 from Red Arrows.
Belemu is a dependable player for the Copper Queens, having risen through the ranks from the junior level. She was part of the Copper Princesses’ squad that played in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
Belemu has been a valuable member of the Copper Queens squad, which has enjoyed a string of successes in recent years. She played a crucial role in helping the team win silver, bronze, and gold medals at the 2019, 2021, and 2022 COSAFA Women’s Championships, respectively. She was also instrumental in the team’s road to making history by qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, where she also played.
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The 25-year-old right back played a significant role in the Copper Queens’ stunning victory over Nigeria to win bronze at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. With such an impressive track record, it’s no surprise that Belemu has been sought after by top teams, and her move to Shanghai Shengli will undoubtedly make for an exciting chapter in her football career.