Zambia women’s national team goalkeeper Petronella Ngambo Musole feels motivated that the copper queens will be representing the whole continent at the Tokyo Olympics and that she is ready to ‘die a little ‘ for Zambia.
Born in 1998 on the 26th July in Mongu district of Zambia’s western province , Ngambo’s dream was to become a netball player but fate found her playing football and she does not regret as she is now excelling in it.
She began her football career in high school in Choma district in the southern province of Zambia when her teachers asked her to try and be a goalkeeper since she was too good with handling the netball.
“I never dreamt of being a footballer. I used to play Netball and I was very good at it but one day my teacher told me to try and play as a football goalkeeper and that’s how my career started like a joke.”Ngambo narrated.
After completing her high school, she joined an amateur football club, choma warriors fc where she played as a midfielder but later went back to goal keeping at the same club.
In 2013, Ngambo was part of the Choma warriors fc team that participated in the Airtel rising stars football competition which saw her gain recognition and also a place in the Zambia all stars select team that represented the country in the regional tournament in Nigeria.
Ngambo impressed in Nigeria and she was again selected to be among the players that represented Zambia at the Costa Rica U-17 FIFA women’s world cup.
After the world cup, she moved to Lusaka and joined Tamanga fc in 2014 and was later scouted by Zesco united who signed and made her their first choice goal keeper for the Zesco Ndola girls fc.
Ngambo who now plays for league leaders Zesco Ndola girls in the inaugural FAZ women’s league , said she learned to love football and it has become part of her life.
She said, football is more than a game to her and that she works hard everyday to do her best on the pitch.
“For me football is not just a game, it’s life. We are surviving because of football. I feed my family through food , so I always make sure I work really hard and do my level best during games.”Said Ngambo.
Ngambo has so far made two appearances for the senior Zambia national women’s team and has only conceded one(1) goal and also kept one(1) cleansheet.
In the FAZ women’s league , she has so far played 16 games for Zesco Ndola girls fc and only conceded five (5) goals making her the only goal keeper in the Zambian women’s league with more cleansheets (11).
She is very confident that the copper queens will represent their country and and continent well this month at the Tokyo Olympics.
“We are training very hard and we are ready to represent the country in Tokyo. Our coaches and everyone involved are doing their best to prepare us for the games. So we are ready.”Ngambo confidently said.
The shot stopper has also encouraged young girls who want to pursue a career in football not to be discouraged but remain focused, disciplined , and continue chasing their dreams .
The copper queens will be the only African women’s national team at the Tokyo Olympics this month and they were drawn in group F along side China, Brazil and Nerthlands.