Zambia Women’s National Team entered camp earlier this week ahead of a Crunch encounter against Kenya in the Fourth Round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Qualifier With the first leg away in Kenya on November 8 and the return match 4 days later in Zambia.
Speaking in an Interview with the ZamFoot Crew, Copper Queens Coach Bruce Mwape said that he expects the European based trio of Barbara Banda, Racheal Kundananji and Skipper Misozi Zulu to join camp by November 5 after featuring for their respective clubs.
Barbara Banda plays for Spanish side EDF Logrono while Rachael Kundananji and Misozi Zulu who is on the books of Kazakhstan side BIIK Kazygurt and will be in action this evening in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 16 return Match against German Giants Bayern Munich and trail by 5-nil from the first leg will be available for the back-to-back crash against Harambee Starlets billed for November 8 and 12 away and home respectively.
Mwape said Zambia was focused on reaching the final round and fight for a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
We are fighting for the goal of Olympic qualification, he said.
Meanwhile, The Harambee Starlets who were scheduled to set up camp on October 26 but was postponed due to lack of funds are expected to regroup on Sunday, November 3 which means they will only have 4 days of training and the Copper Queens could capitalize on this by making sure they pick up positive results in both legs.
The winner between Zambia and Kenya will play against either Cameroon or Ivory Coast who also have a date in the fourth round to see who makes the final huddle to be played next year.
The runner-up in the Fifth round will play Chile in a two-legged playoff with the winner after both legs booking a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Hazel Nali (Green Buffaloes), Inutu Muchahabali (YASA), Ngambo Musole (Zesco), Annie Namonje (Indeni)
Agness Musesa, Anita Mulenga, Martha Tembo (all Green Buffaloes), Emeldah Musonda, Fikile Khosa, Margaret Belemu, Mary Mulenga (all Red Arrows), Lushomo Mwemba (Nkwazi), Vast Phiri (Zesco), Mapalo Kapindula (Breakthrough)
Misozi Zulu (BIIK-Kazygurt Kazakhstan), Judith Zulu, Mary Mwakapila (both Green Buffaloes), Hellen Chanda, Prisca Chilufya (both Red Arrows), Rhoda Chileshe (Indeni)
Theresa Chewe (Indeni), Grace Chanda (Zesco), Hellen Mubanga (Red Arrows), Rachael Nachula (Green Buffaloes), Rachael Kundananji (BIIK, Kazygurt, Kazakhstan), Barbara Banda (EDF Logrono, Spain)