It is a great surprise for everyone to see Zambia Women’s Football Team in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. They secured their place in the World Cup after reaching the semi-final of Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in 2022.
Many fans don’t know, but they also were part of the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 which is an amazing achievement for them because they are one of the smallest nations which does not have a basic structure, and most of the people are below the poverty line.
Most of the team players are full-time military workers in Zambia, which is why they got the chance to represent their country else. It would be a dream for them to reach the World Cup. Some players who are young earn 50 dollars a month at their club, which clearly shows how the financial condition is for the people there, but still, they are able to defeat a few powerhouses in Africa like Senegal, Tunisia, and Nigeria at Wafcon in Morocco in 2022.
One of their best players is Racheal Kundananji, who is in Madrid CFF, scoring 25 goals and giving 3 assists in the 2022/2023 season for the team. She is going to be in the striker line to take responsibility for scoring goals for the team. Grace Chanda is another forward player who can be crucial for the team as she scored 3 goals in 10 national appearances in the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Zambia Women’s Football Team for the FIFA World Cup 2023
Goalkeepers: Catherine Musonda (Indeni Roses), Eunice Sakala (Nkwazi), Hazel Nali (Fatih Vatan)
Defenders: Margaret Belemu (Shanghai Shengli), Lushomo Mweemba (Green Buffaloes), Esther Banda (BUSA), Agness Musesa (Green Buffaloes), Judith Soko (YASA), Vast Phiri (ZESCO United), Mary Mulenga (Red Arrows), Martha Tembo (BIIK Shymkent)
Midfielders: Evarine Katongo (ZISD), Mary Wilombe (Red Arrows), Susan Banda (Red Arrows), Avell Chitundu (ZESCO Ndola Girls), Ireen Lungu (BIIK Shymkent), Hellen Chanda (BIIK Shymkent),
Hellen Mubanga (Zaragoza CFF)
Forwards: Lubandji Ochumba (Red Arrows), Barbra Banda (Shanghai Shengli), Grace Chanda (Madrid CFF), Racheal Kundananji (Madrid CFF), Xiomara Mapepa (Elite Ladies)