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Olympics football: ‘No doubt Banda & Zambia will showcase talent vs Brazil’ – Kamanga

The Copper Queens will face the South Americans in the final group game after losing the opener and drawing the second match

The Football Association of Zambia president Andrew Kamanga is convinced Shepolopolo will show their talent against Brazil in Tuesday’s Olympic Games encounter.

Zambia have already played the Netherlands and China and lost against the former, before picking up a point from a dramatic 4-4 draw against their Asian rivals in the second Group F game.

What has been said?

“As the Copper Queens take on Brazil in the final group game on Tuesday, we have no doubt that they will be able to showcase their talent to the rest of the world,” Kamanga said as was quoted by Faz media.

“Their chase for a quarterfinal place is still within reach and we will be rooting for them. I implore everyone to keep supporting our women’s team as they fly our flag higher. We have no doubt they will represent the continent well.”

The official praised the Copper Queens for how they played the previous games and particularly mentioned captain Barbra Banda, who has set the competition alight with consecutive hat-tricks.

“While any loss in football may be disappointing, we still take our hats off to the Olympic debutants, led by Banda, who has hit headlines with her scoring exploits. Barbara has scored two hat-tricks which have seen her break multiple records,” he added.

“She became the first African female footballer to score a hat-trick at the Olympics and improved on that record on Saturday with another that saw her become the first player to score two consecutive hat-tricks at the Olympics.

“The is only other female footballer to score two hat-tricks scored them in two different tournaments. We are proud of her and the entire team that has courageously flown the African flag high. 

Zambia captain Barbra Banda.

“They fought bravely against the Dutch team that is ranked fourth in the world and the Chinese team that stands 15th in the global charts. We have no doubt that arising from this exposure, many of our girls will be spotted by scouts in various top leagues.” 

Women’s Super League

Kamanga is hopeful the launch of the Women’s Super League in Zambia and in the Cosafa region will help strengthen the clubs and players and, in particular, grow women’s football. 

“With the structures that we are putting in place, I believe that this experience will be a turning point in the development of the women’s game. We recently launched a Faz Women’s Super League that will help give more talented girls an opportunity to play regular football,” the president continued.

“With Cosafa introducing a Women’s Champions League, it opens the doors for our clubs to also showcase their talent beyond our borders. CAF has also lined up an inaugural Women’s Champions League which is in tandem with our hopes of growing our women’s game to higher levels.”

Zambia are Africa’s sole women’s football representatives at the Tokyo Olympics Games.

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