Saturday Jul 24, 2021. 20:59
Shepolopolo Zambia captain Barbara Banda believes they were unlucky not to get a win over China on Saturday but that the 4-4 draw was still a positive step moving ahead at the Olympics following Wednesday’s emphatic loss to The Netherlands.
Zambia tested China’s resilience when they rallied from three-one down in the opening thirty minutes of the first half to lead four-three but later settled for a draw in their bottom of Group F clash on Saturday at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu.
Banda scored three goals against China to record her second hat-trick at The Olympics.
The result comes three days after Shepolopolo were humbled 10-3 on their Olympic debut by fellow tournament first-timers The Netherlands who are also 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup runners-up and current European champions.
“There is a lot of improvement from the first game. What we mostly wanted was a win but unfortunately we have settled for a draw,” Banda said.
“I like the team spirit that we have, we are working as a team and we are looking forward to the next game against Brazil.”
Bottom placed Shepolopolo are tied on 1 point with third positioned China are one point behind number two side Brazil and leaders Netherlands who drew 3-3 in Saturday second penultimate Group F match at the same venue.
Shepolopolo play Brazil on July 27 in Saitama knowing a shock victory there could see them through to the quarterfinals.
“We still have hope and we have a strong feeling that we can do something in the next game,” Banda said.