Olympic football: Banda sets four routed records for Zambia against Netherlands

The striker scored on her debut and became the first African woman to score a hat-trick at the Tokyo World Sports Fiesta.

Four records fell for Zambia captain Barbra Banda when the Copper Queens were beaten 10-3 by the Netherlands in Wednesday’s Olympics game.

Entering the competition for the first time, Shanghai forward Shengli – who was the shining light of her team – has carved her name in the history books of the competition.

With the Lionesses leading 3-0 in the opening 15 minutes at Rifu’s Miyagi Stadium, the 21-year-old narrowed her team’s deficit in the 19th minute.

Taking advantage of a pass from Esther Siamfuko, Banda shot the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.

In the process, she wrote her name in the history books, becoming the first Zambian to score in the women’s soccer tournament.

Her first appearance went awry as Vivianne Miedema’s hat-trick gave the Europeans a 6-1 halftime advantage, with Lieke Martens also finding the net twice.

In the second half, the Lionesses continued their goal scoring as they led 10-1 with ten minutes remaining.

Still, the China-based star had much to celebrate after scoring his side’s second and third goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to reach three more benchmarks.

After her hat-trick, Banda became the first African and Zambian to hit the net three times in her debut match in the centerpiece of the quadrennial sport.

Additionally, she became the tournament’s top African scorer after overtaking Nigerian duo Mercy Akide and Perpetua Nkwocha, who are tied on two goals apiece.

She was in action from start to finish as the South African national suffered her biggest defeat of all time.

This overshadowed the mark set when they were dismantled 6-0 by Nigeria in a Women’s Africa Cup of Nations meeting played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on October 14, 2014.

They hope to bounce back when they face China PR on July 24 in a Group F game. The Asians were hammered 5-0 by Brazil in their opener.

Zambia were chosen to represent Africa in the women’s Olympic football event after beating Cameroon 2-1 in the final of the Caf qualifying tournament.


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