Boxscore: TOKYO, Japan – July 30, 2021 – The ‘Copper Queens’ of Zambia will live to fight another day as they bow out of the Olympics in the first round, ending Africa’s hopes of clinching the continent’s first medal in Women’s Olympic Football history.
Zambia went out of the tournament after finishing last in Group F with one point from the three matches that they played in Tokyo.
Despite the Copper Queen’s captain and goal-scoring machine Barbra Banda’s superstar performance in the tournament, she could not help her team advance to the next round and ending their Olympic dreams.
The Zambian ladies faced among the strongest teams in women’s football making the Copper Queens Olympic debut more of a nightmare than a celebration.
The Queens started their campaign in Tokyo with a massive defeat by the Netherlands going down 10-3 despite Banda scoring a hat trick on her debut appearance at the Olympics.
The 21-year- old Banda had a great match in their second outing in Tokyo scoring another hat trick against China in their 4-4 draw as she made history as the first woman to score a hat trick in consecutive matches in the Olympics Games.
Zambia also lost narrowly in their final match against the tournament favorites Brazil losing 1-0 and therefore finishing last in Group F.
However, despite crashing out of the tournament, Barbra Banda had a very impressive tournament with six goals to her name.
She was one of the most prolific strikers in the tournament and the first round of the Olympics Women’s Football tournament will simply be defined by the Banda effect.
Barbra also was very impressive during the qualifying matches for the tournament where she scored very crucial goals to take her team to Tokyo for the first time.
She is currently the most valuable African woman football player and she will obviously be in contention for the CAF footballer of the year.
The Olympic games have been a perfect stage for her introduction to the world women’s football stage.
Banda is currently playing for the Chinese club Shanghai Hengli where she was the league’s top scorer last season.