New Zambia national team interim coach Beston Chambeshi says he is ready to lead the Zambia national team in the forthcoming September world cup qualifiers.
Speaking to spring tv, Chambeshi said he is looking forward to the new challenge with the national team and that expectations from Zambians are high.
Chambeshi who is also the current Nkana FC coach was appointed by the football association of Zambia as interim coach and will be assisted by Numba Mumamba following the termination Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevic’s contract who has since been re-appointed Ugandan Coach.
Chambeshi also told Spring Tv that he has no problem being national team coach as well as club coach at the same time and that Nkana will have to find someone to take charge of the club in his three months absence.
The quick silver as he is fondly known , led the Zambia u-20 to Afcon victory in 2017 and reached the quater finals of the juniour FIFA world cup.
However many have been wondering what his senior chipolopolo squad will look like especially that majority of the players he used to win the under 20 Africa cup are all doing fine with the clubs.
Some of the players that were part of Chambeshi’s U-20 squad have grown to be ZAMBIA’S super stars and dependable figures in the National team.
Patson Daka is one of the players that made Chambeshi’s U-20 afcon winning squad. The 23-year-old has now grown into a super star after impressing in the Austrian league were he emerged top scorer and got signed by English premier league side LEICESTER city.
Enock Mwepu is another student for Chambeshi who was also part of the 2017 squad that won the U-20 Afcon. Mwepu like Daka impressed in the Austrian league with Red bull Salzburg and he has now joined Brighton and Hove Albion fc. He is set to debut in the in the premier league this season .
Fashion Sakala was the star in Chambeshi’s U-20squad. He has grown to be a dependable figure in the Zambia national team.
Sakala impressed in the Belgian league last season with Kv Oostende and got scouted by Steven Gerrald who has since signed him and he is already up and running with Rangers FC.
Another key member in Chambeshi’s afcon U-20 winning squad Djurgårdens IF.
His partnership with Enock Mwepu in the Midfield was lethal and had their opponents wowed.
Edward Chilufya was another youngster that made headlines at the u-20 Afcon and world cup.
He is also playing for swedish club Djurgårdens IF as a winger, banging goals week in week out with reports indicating that French clubs are interested to sign him.
Chambeshi is this week set to announce his provisional squad for the world cup qualifiers set to kick off in September.
21 year old Zambian striker Barbra Banda has hit the ground running for her country in their maiden Olympics appearance. An underwelming team effort has not stopped the Shangai Shengli forward from firing the back of the net at an unprecedented rate.
She has netted 6 goals in only 2 outings those being a pair of hat tricks in a 10-3 defeat to Nerthelands on Wednesday and in a eight goal stalemate against China on Saturday.
The Shepolopolo captain has set multiple records at the Olympics tournament already. We take a look at ten of those women’s records.
1. MOST GOALS IN A SINGLE OLYMPICS TOURNAMENT With her 6th goal she equalled a record set by Canadian striker Christine Sinclair during the 2012 Olympics. A record she eventually also shares with fellow Golden Boot contender Mediema.
2. BACK-TO-BACK HAT TRICKS Barbra Banda became the first woman to score two consecutive hat tricks in Olympics history.
3. AFRICAN RECORD TOPSCORER Her second goal against China beat Mercy Akide’s all time record of four Olympics goals by an African woman as the Zambian now comfortably stands at six.
4. MOST HAT TRICKS Her pair of trebles put her up there with Brazilian legend Cristiane as the only players to score multiple hat tricks in the tournament’s history. With the Brazilian having scored them in two different editions.
5. AFRICA TO THE WORLD Be it the World Cup or Olympics, the industrious forward has now scored the most goals  in a FIFA organised tournament by an African woman beating the two  goals scored by Mercy Akide in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and the three  goals scored by Nkiru Okasieme and Gaëlle Enganamouit in the 1999 and 2015 World Cups respectively.
6. DOUBLE TROUBLE The talismanic forward is also the only player in the tournament’s history to score two hat tricks in a single campaign.
7. NATIONAL HERO Barbra Banda became the first Zambian player to score a goal at the Olympics. A goal her home country will never forget.
8. YOUNGEST TO SIX At 21 years, 126 days, the forward became to youngest player to score more than five goals beating the record of World Cup great Marta who netted her sixth Olympic goal against Germany in 2008 at 22 years, 212 days.
9. FIRST AFRICA TREBLE Despite an embarrassing defeat to Nerthelands, her three goal effort was the first ever by an African woman in the Olympics.
10. CONSOLATION Barbra Banda also equalled the record of the most goals scored by a player in a lost match which was held by Christine Sinclair against the USA in 2012.
A plethora of records for the African great Barbra Banda as she continues to hoist the continent’s flag and create her own legacy as one the greatest African players in women’s football.
However, the hopes of her country and Africa’s only representative Zambia hang on a thread as they need to beat an in-form Brazil by a huge score line to stand any chance of progressing to the knockouts.
All eyes will be on history maker Barbara Banda who on Wednesday become Africa’s first female to score a hatrick at the Olympic games in history when Zambia will be seeking for their first ever victory in women’s football at the multi-sports event.
The copper queens who are AFRICA’S sole representatives at the 2020 Olympics will this Saturday take to the pitch again in another Group-F encounter against China.
They suffered a massive defeat in their first match against Netherlands who thrashed them 10 goals to 3 to set the record of the highest scoring game ever in the history of the Olympics.
But they will be looking to redeem themselves when they meet China who are also yet yo record a win at the 2020 Olympics.
China suffered a 5-0 defeat when they were beaten by Brazil in their opening match.
Six times FIFA women’s player of the year award winner found the back of the net twice in the match which exposed China’s porous defense.
However, the Zambian defense is equally porous and it will maybe a 50/50 state of affairs for both the Chinese girls and the copper queens who will go head to head on Saturday to seek their first win at the Olympics.
It may again rain goals for the unstoppable Barbara who looks too lethal for defenders to handle at the Olympics.
Going by her last performance, it may just be a question of ‘how many girls will she score?’ and not ‘Will she score?, For she has proven beyond reasonable doubt that she is a thorn in the flesh of defenders.
WILL THE COPPER QUEENS WIN THIS SATURDAY AGAINST CHINA?
Arsenal football club star Reiss Nelson who was born in Elephant and Cast , London to a Zimbabwean father and English mother has been tipped to switch his international allegiance to Zimbabwe by multiple fans including fellow players like Wigan Athletic fc defender Tendayi Darikwa who also switched from England to Zimbabwe.
Earlier this year, the Zimbabwean FA said they have opened their doors for all the European born players with Zimbabwean origins to join the Africa cup bound warriors.
Zimbabwe who qualified to next year’s Cameroon Africa cup of nations are looking to go beyond the group stages at the tournament for the first time.
The 21-year old has struggled for game time as he only made less than five premier league appearances last season for the gunners and stands a slim chance in the three lions squad.
He represented England at all youth levels from U16 to U21 which makes him eligible to play for the warriors of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans have remained hopeful that he will switch his international allegiance soon before next year’s Afcon kick off in order to boost their squad that has struggled to make it through to the quater finals in the past two edition of the cup of nations.
Serbian gaffer Mulitin Sredojevic alas MICHO has parted ways with the football association of Zambia on Mutual agreement after recording a series of loses in his last six matches with the Chipolopolo boys.
Micho was hired by the football association of Zambia-FAZ in February 2020 on a two years contract to help the out-of-form chipolopolo redeem their form and qualify to the Africa cup of nations which they later didn’t achieve making it three in a row to fail to qualify to the Afcon finals.
His other task was is to assemble a team that will qualify Zambia to their first ever FIFA world cup.
After failing to qualify the chipolopolo boys to Afcon , Micho told the Zambian media that he needed enough time and that had he started the qualifiers with Zambia they would have qualified.
He was in charge of four out of six of Zambia’s Afcon qualifier matches were he recorded two wins, one lose and one draw securing a total of 7-points out of a possible 12-points which saw the chipolopolo finish third below Zimbabwe and group leaders Algeria who qualified to the next year’s Afcon.
He received praise for his quick impact on the chipolopolo that had struggled in their first two Afcon qualifier matches away to Algeria where they were thrashed 5-0 and at home to their neighbouring rivals Zimbabwe who beat them 1-2.
He was also in charge of the Zambian local based select team that finished in the quater finals at the CHAN tournament in Cameroon earlier this year.
However, Micho has lost four games, won only one and drawn one with Zambia in their last six games.
Over all , the serbian gaffer has been in charge of 15 games for Zambia and has managed to record five(6)wins, four(4) draws and five(5) loses.
His most recent loss was against Lesotho and Eswatini at the ongoing COSAFA cup where the chipolopolo boys were beaten by both countries for the first time in the history of the cosafa cup.
The Serbian has become the fourth coach to be sacked by the Zambian FA in the last three years.
The Zambian FA will now have to look for a new coach in the next few weeks as upcoming FIFA world cup qualifiers were Zambia was drawn in the same group with Tunisia, E. guinea and Mauritania are set to start in two months time from now.