Lilongwe – Zambia women’s national football team captain Barbra Banda has become the first player in history to score two consecutive hat-tricks at the Olympics.
The 21-year-old Copper Queens striker has scored her second hat-trick on July 24 when she found the back of the net three times in Zambia’s 4-4 draw with China at Miyagi Stadium in Japan during the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games.
This followed a hat-trick in Zambia’s 3-10 defeat to the Netherlands on July 21.
With her tally of six goals, she equaled Christine Sinclair’s overall record set in London 2012 of the most goals scored in a single Olympics on debut.
“It’s good to make history when you have the opportunity so I just have to keep on working hard and break more history. I still have a long way to go; I just have to be disciplined because I am aiming to become the best footballer in the world,” Banda said.
Banda is the first player – male or female – to score two hat-tricks at a single Olympics.
Meanwhile, Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Saturday commended the country’s national women’s soccer team for putting up a spirited fight against China.
The Copper Queens had to come from behind to force a 4-all draw against China in Group F, thanks to Banda’s hat-trick.
On his Facebook page, President Lungu said, “Thank you girls for putting our nation on the world map in women’s football. You have my support.”
Zambia’s next game is against Brazil on July 27.