Copper Queens skipper Banda gunning for Olympic glory

The Copper Queens skipper Barbara Banda is confident of leading a squad that will make a statement at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament to be held in Tokyo in July.

Banda, who was instrumental in the final Olympic qualifier match against Cameroon – helping the country to her maiden appearance at the Olympics, has assured the country that the Copper Queens will be ready for battle.

“In football anything can happen and to those doubting us, we will show them what we are capable of doing as the women’s national team. We are focused and know our target going into the Olympics,” said the former EdF Logrono striker.

The 21 year old, who plies her trade for Shanghai Shengli in China, said the team has quality players comprising a mix of old and new players all hungry to represent the country at the highest stage.

“The only thing that can help us is to have more friendlies before we get to the Olympics because we have to see where we are lacking and catch up and the coach has a system and tactics which we have to get used to before we go for the Olympics,” she added.

At this year’s Olympic Games, Copper Queens will compete in Group F alongside China, Brazil and Netherlands.
Group E has Japan, Canada, Great Britain and Chile while Group G comprises Sweden, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

The top two teams in the group and the two best third-placed teams will advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament scheduled to run from 21 July to 6 August 2021 in Tokyo.

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