The high-flying Zambia Cooper Queens striker and captain Barbara Banda scored her second hattrick in Tokyo’s ongoing Olympic Women Football Games as Zambia bowed down to a 4:4 draw to China.
Banda scored her first hattrick in their 10:3 thrashing in the hands of the Netherlands and has confirmed quality once again today denying China the much-needed 3 points.
Cooper Queens started the game in low spirit conceding the first goal in the 6th minute Racheal Kundananji headed in Mary Wilombe’s cross to make it all draw at the 15th minute.
China’s Wang Shanshan 18th minute goal was ruled out for an offside but she couldn’t rest as she scored two quick goals in 22nd and 23rd minutes to make a hattrick before Banda scored her first goal of the day to bring the score to 3:2 before half time.
Zambia brought their A-game in the second half, scoring two more goals, and took the lead for the first Olympics.
Banda’s two goals in the second half were not enough to hand Zambia the victory as Wang Shanshan converted a penalty to bring the match to parity.
African’s only representative Zambia Copper Queen will face Brazil on 27th July as they hope to proceed to the quarter-finals.