COPPER Queens midfielder Grace Chanda has described being ruled out of the World Cup due to illness as painful.
Chanda, who is also the vice-captain has learnt that she will not be able to take part in this year’s World Cup after being ruled out on medical grounds.
The star player said the last few days have been difficult for her, missing training and spending time in hospital after being taken in ill.
The last few days have been very difficult for me, having to be admitted to hospital and missing out on preparing for the tournament I dreamt of playing, but health comes first before anything.
I would like to thank the medical team in New Zealand and Zambia who have supported me throughout this very difficult period,” Chanda said in a lengthy post on Facebook.
She said as a second captain of the Copper Queens ship, she will support the team throughout.
“I am sharing this with everyone because I believe as vice-captain, I have a duty to support the team even through the pain. My illness at the moment cannot allow me to play any further part at this tournament. This is very painful but I guess this is part of human life and I have to turn my focus on recovering and cheering the team all the way,” She said.
Chanda said she has no doubt the team will do well because they have had a good preparation for the tournament.
“As the Copper Queens, we have shown great improvements over the years and I have no doubt that this is our time for us to shine at the big stage like the World Cup, and I have no doubt that the team will fly high, fight till their last strength to represent Zambia and get the wins,” Chanda said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 21st July, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
CAF Awards: Barbra Banda makes the cut, Copper Queens misses out
IN BITTERSWEET news for Zambian football, striker Barbra Banda has been named among the finalists for the prestigious CAF Women’s Player of the Year award, but the Copper Queens have missed out on the final three for the National Team of the Year accolade.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) has released the final nominees for various categories of the 2023 Awards that have been set for the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Monday.
There is a mixture of good and bad news for Zambia in that Banda has made it on the final three for the player of the year award in the women’s category but there was no place for the Copper Queens in the national team of the year category.
The Copper Queens had been in the race to be named the national team of the year, having made the initial top five nominee list but have since failed to make the cut for the final three.
The team has fallen off alongside Senegal, leaving the stage for Morocco, Nigeria and African champions South Africa.
On the bright side of things, Banda could be named the player of the year in the women’s category but she has to fend off competition from Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
Zambia are Netball Champions
ZAMBIA have lifted the Africa Netball Cup in Botswana after defeating Namibia 57-55 in a tightly contested final.
The team has been impressive over the course of the tournament but appeared to meet their match in the final.
Zambia took a first quarter lead, but by the time the game was reaching half time the teams were tied at 23-23.
Namibia then controlled the game in the third quarter and managed to record a 35-33 lead.
Zambia did not give up, stretching the game into extra time when they tied 43-43 at full time.
In the end, the team managed the game and ran home 57-55 winners to be crowned champions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 6th December, 2023)