Friday Jul 16, 2021. 11:00
Zambia captain Barbara Banda has expressed her confidence that the Copper Queens will excel at the upcoming Women’s Football tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Africa’s only representative in the women’s competition, Zambia will come up against the Netherlands, China and Brazil in a tough Group F.
Despite being outsiders to progress into the knockout phase, Banda is backing her team to make a big statement at the Games against their high-profile opponents.
“We have played so many high-level games. We are not intimidated at all; our great achievement was in qualifying and our aim now is to do our level best,” she told the Zambian FA’s website.
“The morale has been high in the camp, and this is the day that everyone has been waiting for and it has finally come. We are very much ready as a team and the preparation has been going on well.
“The first game is always important. As we go to our first game, we must be on top of our game and get the first three points. This will determine how far we will go in the tournament.”
Banda added that the Olympics represents a great opportunity for players to put themselves on show and advance their careers.
“This is the best opportunity for each and everyone to show off their talent and to sell themselves. I think in our team we have a good number of players that are capable of playing professional football,” she explained.
“It’s up to them to show what they are capable of, and I am sure that most of them will go professional.”
Zambia will open their campaign against the Netherlands in Rifu on Wednesday 21 July, before facing China at the same venue on July 24 and Brazil in Saitama on July 27.