It might not have been the perfect start for Zambia’s national women’s team at the Olympics, but striker Barbra Banda will go down in history for being the first player from the country to score a hat-trick at the competition.
The Zambians were beaten 10-3 by the Netherlands in their opening group F match at the Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday, 21 July. While many may see this as an embarrassing score line, there are positives to take out of the match especially the performance of their captain Banda.
The striker scored one goal in the first half and bagged another two within a minute of each other in the last quarter of the game. She will no doubt be remembered for what he did in the opening match of the
Banda was the star of the show for Zambia, while Netherlands striker Anna Marina Miediema bagged four goals in an impressive display for the Europeans. Elisabeth Martens netted a brace for the Oranje, while Shanice van de Sanden, Jill Roord, Lineth Beerensteyn and Victoria Pelova also got their names on the scoresheet to wrap up an emphatic victory.
Zambia, though, will take heart from the fact that they were able to break the Netherlands defence and they can take that into their next match against China PR on Saturday, 24 July.
Zambia are Africa’s only representative at the Olympics.
In the other group F game, Brazil hammered China PR 5-0.