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MWAKAPILA OFF TO ISRAEL…Joins growing list of female players sealing deals abroad

Zambia Women’s national team midfielder Mary Mwakapila has left for Isreal to join her new club, Hapoel Beer-Sheva. Mwakapila moves from Green Buffaloes on a two-year contract with Hapoel Beer-Sheva which she penned in August, 2020.

The Zambia Football Association noted, ”Over the years, Mwakapila has grown to be an influential figure in women football, and she stamped her authority in the game when she scored the opener in the Copper Queen’s 2-1 win over Cameroon in the Tokyo 2020 qualifiers to aid the country to a history Olympic place.”
As reported by Zamfoot, Isreal has been a good breeding ground for Zambian talent on the men’s side of things with Emmanuel Mayuka, Emmanuel Mbola, Roger Kola, Evans Kangwa, Klings Kangwa among others having enjoyed a good time there but the diminutive midfielder will become only the first female player from Zambia to play in that country.
Mwakapila joins the growing foreign legion of Copper Queens’ stars with the skipper of the side Barbra Banda playing in China, Hellen Mubanga and Rachel Nachula in Spain, and Rachel Kundananji in Kazakhstan.Mwakapila is an accomplished player locally and with the national team, She was key to coach Bruce Mwape’s squad’s historic qualification to the Olympics.


  1. Midfielder of the Gothia Cup U17 – 2010
  2. Best Player of Norway Cup U14 – 2009

3.Scored first goal against Cameroon in the 2020 Tokyo Eliminatory Rounds of the qualifiers

2.National team

COSAFA TOURNAMENT- 2019 Silver medalist, 2018 – Fourth place

African Women’s Championship- Group stage ( 2014 and 2018)

Olympics: Qualification 2020/2021 ( first ever)


  1. Indeni Roses

– 2016 – Won the Copperbelt Women’s League

– Player of the Year Award

  1. Green Buffaloes Women Football Club

– 2017 – Won the Lusaka Women’s League

– 2018 – Won the Lusaka Women’s League

– 2019- Won the Lusaka Women’s League

– 2020- won the Inaugural FAZ Women’s National Championship