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Grant names AfCON provisional squad



55 PLAYERS have been named in Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant’s provisional Africa Cup of Nations squad ahead of the tournament next month.

Zambia ended their eight-year AfCON appearance drought when they earned qualification at the expense of Comoros and Lesotho.

According to the list that has been unveiled by the Football Association of Zambia, Grant has named a mixture of youth and experience.

“CAF has set December 14 as the deadline for participating teams to provide their provisional squads with 55 set as the maximum limit.

Grant has cast his net wide to give an opportunity to the best local talents as well as some promising young starlets plying their trade in foreign leagues.

“The ex-Chelsea, West Ham, Portsmouth boss has set quality, passion, and desire to play one’s country as the minimum benchmark for making his squad,” FAZ stated.

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Toaster Nsabata (Zesco United), Francis Mwansa (Green Buffaloes), Lawrence Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Charles Kalumba (Red Arrows)


Stoppilla Sunzu (Jinan Xingzhou-China), Frankie Musonda (Ayr United-Scotland), Aime Mabika (Toronto FC-Canada), Dominic Chanda (Power Dynamos), Luka Banda (Napsa Stars), Mathews Chabala (Zesco United), Gift Mphande (Rishon-Lezion-Israel), Killian Kanguluma (Kabwe Warriors), Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe), Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Zephaniah Phiri (Prison Leopards), Rodrick Kabwe (Zakho SC-Iraq), Frederick Mwaiche (Trident), Teddy Khumalo (Green Buffaloes), Miguel Chaiwa (BSC Young Boys-Switzerland).


Mannah Chiwisa (Atalanta-Italy), Jack Chirwa (Forest Rangers), Dominic Kanda (Zanaco), Benson Sakala (Mlada Boleslav-Czech Republic), Kelvin Kapumbu, Kelvin Kampamba, Abraham Siankombo (all Zesco United), Golden Mafwenta (MFK Vyskov-Czech Republic), Andrew Muphande, John Kosamu (both Green Buffaloes), Kings Kangwa (Crvena Zvezda-Serbia), Emmanuel Banda (HNK Rijeka-Croatia), Rally Bwalya (Sekhukhune-RSA), Clatous Chama (Simba SC-Tanzania), Frederick Mulambia, Joshua Mutale (both Power Dynamos), Patson Kwataine (Mufulira Wanderers), Gamphani Lungu (SuperSport United-RSA), Lubambo Musonda (Silkeborg IF-Denamrk), Edward Chilufya Hacken-Sweden), Charles Zulu (Zanaco), Peter Chikola (Cadiz-Spain)


Lameck Banda (Lecce-Italy), Golden Mashata (Green Buffaloes), Albert Kangwanda (Al Hilal-Sudan), Fashion Sakala (Al Fayha-Saudi Arabia), Patson Daka (Leicester City-England), Evans Kangwa (Quingdao Hainiu-China), Francisco Mwepu (Athletico Sanluqueno CF-Spain), Brian Mwila (Zanaco), Moyela Libamba (Forest Rangers), Andrew Phiri (FC Muza), Enock Sakala, Lazarous Kambole (both Zesco United), Kingstone Mutandwa (Cagliari-Italy), Kennedy Musonda (Young Africans-Tanzania).

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 13th December, 2023)


‘It’s not necessary to react to fans,’ Bruce Mwape parries criticism



COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has put up a brave face following criticism that has been directed at him on the team’s performance in the 3 – all draw against Ghana.

Zambia may have qualified to the next round of the Paris Olympic Games qualifiers but many fans were left unimpressed with the team’s performance against Ghana.

The Copper Queens were outrun in midfield while the defence made errors that could have cost the team had Barbra Banda and Kabange Mupopo not put up a good show.

However, the displeasure at the team’s performance has been directed at Mwape with fans calling for his dismissal after spending close to a decade at the helm of the team.

Reacting to suggestions that its time up, Mwape said during the post-match interview yesterday that he is not one who pays much attention to what supporters say.

“Most of the times, it is not necessary to react to the comments from the fans, they are entitled to their opinions,” Mwape said, “me I stick to what I know and I make sure that I do my job accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Mwape conceded that his side was overrun in midfield.

He said he has picked valuable lessons from that game.

“The lesson that we have lent from this game is to defend well and when it comes to defending we need to defend as a team,” he said, “We will look for options before we meet the next opponent,”

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)

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Barbra Banda powers Zambia to next round



THE Copper Queens are through to the final stage of the Olympic Games Qualifiers after a last minute strike from skipper Babra Banda earned them a 3-all draw against Ghana.

Carrying a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, all Zambia needed to do was to avoid defeat in the second leg but things looked to be going against them until Banda showed up at the last minute.

The game started on a positive note for Zambia when the team was put ahead by Banda in the 11th minute but the Ghanaians leveled the score through Gifty Assifuah in the 21th minute.

Tied at the break, Ghana took initiative in the second half, with Doris Boaduwaa beating Catherine Musonda in the 55th minute to hand the Black Queens the lead.

At this stage, Zambia were out of the tie, but they were handed a lifeline in the 61st minute through veteran striker Kabange Mupopo who beat an offside trap to finish off a pass from Rachael Nachula.

Ghana restored the lead in the 64th minute through Bugre Azumah.

With then game firmly in Ghana’s favour, Zambia were handed a free kick at the death.

Banda took the free kick and drove the ball past the wall and into the net to send the capacity crowd into a frenzy.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)

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‘We need to be cautious,’ says Bruce Mwape



COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has said his team will not throw caution to the wind when they play Ghana today in the second leg of the Olympic Games qualifier.

Zambia host Ghana at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola for the Paris 2024 Olympics third round, second leg qualifier carrying a 1-0 lead.

All the Cipper Queens have to do is avoid defeat.

“We just need to be cautious because the game is not yet over until it is over. We still have 90 minutes, we played 90 minutes away in Ghana. So this other 90 minutes, we cannot say since we are leading we should relax. We will play according to our plan,” Mwape said.

He said Ghana are not a pushover.

“After the first game in Ghana, we had two days in which to prepare for the second leg. That two days the team has prepared well and is ready to meet Ghana in the second leg.”

Meanwhile skipper Barbra Banda said the team will count on home support.

“The fans should expect a good game. As you know women’s football has improved in our country and everyone is pushing hard and working extra hard. Everyone is wishing to be at the national team. The competition is very high. It’s good for us as a country at large,so the fans should expect a good game tomorrow,” Banda said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)

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