Green Buffaloes have been crowned the inaugural Zambia National Women’s League champions after a 9-0 win over Queens Academy in the playoff final at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday (15 March 2020).
A star-studded Buffaloes side fielded over seven players from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound Copper Queens who will be making their debut at the quadrennial showpiece in Japan later in the year.
They include first -choice goalkeeper Hazel Nali, defenders Margret Belemu and Lushomo Mweemba, midfielder Ireen Lungu and Anita Mulenga plus striker Rachel Nachula. Missing was midfielder Mary Mwakapila who was suspended for the final after she was sent-off 24 hours earlier in the semifinals.
Nachula scored four goals while Zambia Under-20 striker Maylan Mulenga scored a brace. Lungu Cynthia Mutale and Joanna Benaya scored a goal each.
“It was a tough game (against Indeni) in the semifinals that was supposed to be the final but all-in-all, it has been a great tournament," Nali said.
"But I feel great and it feels great to be a champion."
Buffaloes reached the final following a 3-1 post-match penalties victory over their archrivals Indeni Roses following a 1-1 draw on 14 March 2020. On the other hand, Queens Academy sealed their passage to the final after an emphatic 10-0 win over Solwezi Academy.