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Zambia: Mwape Becomes New Shepolopolo Coach

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Bruce Mwape

Veteran trainer Bruce Mwape has been appointed head coach of Zambia senior women’s national team barely few weeks to next month’s crucial qualifier against Zimbabwe.

Mwape takes over from long-serving coach Albert Kachinga who has returned to club football, joining the technical bench of local side, Buildcon.

“The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has with immediate effect appointed former Nchanga Rangers coach Bruce Mwape as Zambia women’s national team coach,” FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo said.

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 His first official assignment with Shepolopolo will be against Zimbabwe next month in the final round qualifier for the Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Ghana 2018. The Zambians host Zimbabwe in the first leg on June 6 before travelling to Harare four days later.

A renowned coach, Mwape previously served as Assistant Coach with the Zambia U-23 in 2012, and the U-17 four years later. With over 20 years of experience, he won the league title with Nchanga Rangers as an assistant coach in 1998.

He has had two stints at the helm of Nchanga Rangers, the first one in 2009 when he guided the Chingola club back to the topflight following their demotion in 2008. His second stint was from 2016 to 2017. Konkola Mine Police and Roan United count among his former employers.

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Families Identify Church Collapse Victims in Anguish

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Tears and anguish characterized the atmosphere as the grieving families of 13 worshipers killed in a church collapse arrived at the Richards Bay mortuary to identify the bodies of their loved ones.

The worshipers died when a wall collapsed at the Pentecostal Holiness Church near Empangeni in northern KwaZulu-Natal last Thursday night.

The KwaZulu-Natal Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department co-ordinated with various departments including health, home affairs and the police, to assist in speeding up the body identification process.

Six worshippers were from Ulundi, four from eSikhawini and three from Maqwakazi in uMlalazi.

Describing the collapse, Phumelele Simelane from eSikhawini said worshippers had just had their evening meal and were preparing to sleep when the wall caved in.

Simelane was with her 6-year-old son, who is recovering in hospital. She said she came to the mortuary to support congregants whose relatives died.

The Mthembu family, who lost grandmother Thembi Mthabela, 54, and Andiswa Mthembu, 10, in the tragedy were overcome with grief.

“Thembi loved going to church and she always took Andiswa with her. Andiswa was doing Grade 3 at Nyathini Primary School. As a family, we are very traumatised and it is hard for us,” said a relative, who did not wanted to be named.

Buhle Mzila, whose sister Samke, 33, died, said the family had lost a breadwinner.

Samke, who worked at the Ulundi Municipality, was with her 9-year-old daughter during the incident.

Buhle said her niece, who was in hospital, was in a state of shock about her mother’s death.

“Samke loved the church, she always made sure she attended every service. She played a big role in terms of assisting the family. We are still going to feel her absence,” said Buhle.

A sobbing Mbongeni Langa said his mother had died in a “place she loved”.

The memorial service will be held tomorrow

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CAF Sidelines Nigerian Centre Referees for 2019 AFCON

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Out of the Twenty-seven centre referees penciled down for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, countries like Burundi, Mali, Zambia and Sudan are represented on the list, but no Nigerian referee was selected for the big occasions.

However, only one assistant referee from Nigeria named Baba Adel was listed among the twenty-nine assistant referees selected by the African Football Governing Body.

The competition will be held from 21 June to 19 July 2019, as per the decision of the CAF Executive Committee on 20 July 2017.

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