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Grace Chanda Signs For Orlando Pride!!

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Grace Chanda Signs For Orlando Pride!!

Grace Chanda Signs For Orlando Pride!!

Zambian Female Soccer Team Striker Grace Chanda And Orlando Pride have agreed to a contract through the 2025 season, with a mutual option for 2026, it was announced On 30 May 2024. Chanda most recently played for Madrid CFF in Spain’s top-division Liga F and was one of three players shortlisted for African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2022. The midfielder will join the Pride following Zambia’s participation in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“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 said. “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.”

On an international level, Chanda has represented Zambia at the 2018 and 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations. Chanda was one of three players shortlisted for African Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2022 after helping Zambia qualify for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a tournament she would unfortunately be ruled out of due to illness.

Chanda made her return to club play with Madrid on May 12, 2024, scoring a goal just 11 minutes into her return in a 6-1 win over Valencia.

Prior to that, the midfielder was the top goal scorer for Zambia with eight goals at the 2020 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament and helped Zambia book a ticket to their first Olympics. She made her return to the Zambian Women’s National Team this April, when she featured in both Olympic qualifying matches against Morocco. Zambia went on to qualify for the 2024 Olympics beating Morocco 3-2 in aggregate.

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