Striker Banda puts gloss over Shepolopolo loss

SHEPOLOPOLO players celebrate following their qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Games. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI


BRAZIL have Marta. The Netherlands boast of Vivienne Miedema. And if you so wish, you can shout – Zambia also have Barbara Banda! It is no secret anymore. She certainly belongs up there with the best in the women’s game. If the Shepolopolo had not lost, you could perhaps have given her a rating of 10 out of 10. Yes, she is that good. She was that good yesterday. Even in defeat. On a day when the Netherlands’ Miedema and Lieke Martens had scored six between them and Marta made his history with her brace, the 21-year-old Shanghai Shengli forward also ensured she got her fair share of the glory with a noticeable hat-trick – the first to be scored by an African female player at the Summer Olympics. Not even the humbling defeat Zambia experienced at the hands of the Netherlands could do enough to CLICK TO READ MORE

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