Done Deal: Another Copper Queens Star Makes Historic Move to Orlando Pride in the NWSL

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Zambia Women’s national team midfielder Grace Chanda has made a significant move to the United States National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club Orlando Pride. The talented footballer joined Orlando Pride after an impressive two-season spell at Madrid CFF in Spain. This move not only elevates Chanda’s career but also signifies a milestone for Zambian representation in the prestigious NWSL, the top tier of women’s football in the United States.

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Grace Chanda’s transition to Orlando Pride marks a crucial step in her professional journey, bringing her skills and expertise to a new and competitive environment. As a dynamic midfielder, Chanda has demonstrated her prowess both on the field and in international competitions with the Zambia Women’s national team. Her remarkable abilities and dedication to the sport have garnered attention and admiration from fans and professionals alike.

Joining Orlando Pride places Chanda in a position to further showcase her talent, adapt to new challenges, and contribute to the team’s success. By becoming a part of the NWSL, she joins a league known for its high level of competition, top-class facilities, and competitive atmosphere that fosters player development and growth.

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Chanda’s arrival at Orlando Pride is not only a milestone for her career but also for Zambian football on the global stage. She becomes the second player at Orlando Pride and the third Zambian to feature in the NWSL, highlighting the increasing presence of Zambian talent in one of the most renowned women’s football leagues in the world. This achievement serves as an inspiration for young aspiring footballers in Zambia and beyond, showcasing the possibilities and opportunities that await those who work hard and excel in the sport.

As Grace Chanda dons the colors of Orlando Pride and prepares to make her mark in the NWSL, she carries with her the hopes and dreams of many, representing not only herself and her team but also her country and the entire continent of Africa. Her journey serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, talent, and determination in achieving one’s goals and making a lasting impact in the world of football.

Forward Racheal Kundananji was the first Zambian player when she joined Bay FC in February in a record-transfer fee that made her the most expensive female player in the world.

“I am extremely excited to join Orlando. It is a great club, where I will be able to play alongside amazing players, like Marta and Barbra,” Chanda told Orlando Pride.

“This is a very important step in my life because I have always wanted to play in the NWSL, one of the best leagues in the world. I hope I can adapt quickly so that I can help my teammates and the club achieve greater things together. I’m looking forward to this amazing journey of my life.”

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She joins compatriot and Copper Queens captain Barbra Banda who is joint top scorer in the league with eight goals.

Pride currently sit on the summit of the NWSL with 27 points, two better than second placed Kansas City Current.

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