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Mwape names provisional Copper Queens Olympics team

COPPER Queens coach Bruce Mwape has summoned 27 players for camp ahead of preparations for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Skipper Barbara Banda leads a number of familiar names in the squad, with the majority of those that played a role in qualifying the country to the global showpiece for the first time in the country’s history making it.

The Olympics is expected run between July 24 and August 9, 2021.

But sporting action kicks off two days before the opening ceremony with preliminary women’s football matches set to light up the occasion for various sports disciplines.

The full squad:

GOALKEEPERS

Catherine Musonda (Indeni Rose), Ngambo Musole (Zesco), Ingutu Muchahabali (YASA), Chiko Nkhoma (Red Arrows), Aisha Gama (Chipata Queens)

DEFENDERS

Doreen Mwaseba (Red Arrows), Agness Musesa (Green Buffaloes), Anita Mulenga, Martha Tembo, Lushomo Mweemba (all Green Buffaloes), Esther Siamfuko (Queens Academy), Judith Soko (YASA), Ethel Chama (Green Buffaloes)

(MIDFIELDERS)

Judith Zulu (Green Buffaloes), Mary Mulenga, Mary Wilombe (both Red Arrows), Misozi Zulu (Indeni Roses), Avell Chitundu (Zesco), Tryness Changwe (Green Eagles), Grace Nanyinza (Indeni Roses).

STRIKERS

Xiomara Mapepa (Lusaka Dynamos), Grace Chanda (Red Arrows), Barbara Banda (Shanghai Shengli-China), Esther Banda (Bauleni Sports Academy), Ochumba Oseke (Red Arrows), Naomi Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos), and Theresa Chewe (Green Buffaloes).

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