Tokyo Olympics Football: Debutant, Zambia Women Team Suffer Crushing Defeat
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Captain Barbra Banda made history for the Copper Queens, scoring her country’s first ever women’s goal at an Olympics but it was a history too little in value as Zambia women’s football team had an Olympic debut they will never forget – for good and bad reasons – as they faced European champions the Netherlands.
Despite conceding 10 goals against the 2019 World Cup runners-up, the world’s 104th-ranked side had plenty of reasons to be cheerful.
The 21-year-old striker, who has also been a professional boxer, went on to score a hat-trick, becoming the first female African player to score three goals at a Games.
Zambia upset the odds to become Africa’s sole representative in Tokyo, defeating 2019 Women’s World Cup qualifiers Cameroon in a play-off to take the sought-after slot, above even the might of Africa’s record nine-time champions Nigeria.
They were huge underdogs against the Netherlands – a side 100 places higher in the world rankings – and the star-studded Dutch, managed by future England boss Sarina Wiegman, were too much for them.
Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema scored four times for the Netherlands, who were also making their debut as they set a new record for the most goals scored by one team in an Olympic game.
Zambia may have conceded 10 goals, but they made history on their women’s football Olympics debut.