Tokyo Olympics women’s soccer: Everything you need to know about Barbra Banda, Zambia’s double hat trick star

Two rounds of matches into the women’s Olympic soccer in Tokyo and there is an unlikely name leading the way for goals as Zambia’s Barbra Banda tops the leader board, after scoring six times in two matches.

The Shanghai Shengli hotshot traded hat-tricks with Wang Shuang as the Zambians played out a thrilling 4-4 draw with China PR in Group F and Banda’s second consecutive treble now puts her two clear of Shuang and Vivianne Miedema in the charts with the Netherlands in action again later against Brazil.

Banda, 21, is enjoying a breakout campaign and if she can add to her tally against the Brazilians next week in Saitama, she has a shot at finishing top goal scorer despite Zambia looking likely to fall short of a knockout phase berth.

Formerly of Logrono in Spain, Banda is proving to be extremely prolific in this Copper Queens side which regained some pride in their Chinese draw after the humiliation of their opening 10-3 crushing at the hands of the Dutch.

Also of note on Banda’s prolific tally is that only one her goals has come from the penalty spot while rival Shuang also has a spot kick to her name as well as two fewer strikes.

Should Brazil manage to beat the Netherlands, it is not impossible that the South Americans might rotate against Zambia in their final group match to present Banda and her teammates with a shot at making the latter stages via a third-placed finish.

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