Siamfuko Relives Olympic Dream
The Youngest member of the Zambia Women’s National Team at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Esther Siamfuko says she is determined to cement her place in the squad and prove that age is just a number.
At 16 years old, Siamfuko was the youngest player at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament and went on to make her monumental debut against Netherlands where she provided an assist for skipper Barbara Banda’s opener in the 10-3 loss.
“At first, I was nervous but I had a very good experience. Being the youngest and meeting most of the best players in the world was an awesome experience,” Siamfuko said.
The Queens Academy defender would go on to start in the 4-4 draw with 15th ranked China but withdrew in the 62nd minute due to injury that eventually saw her miss the third Group F fixture against Brazil.
“My encouragement to other young girls is that it doesn’t matter your age, the only thing is dedication, hard work and the amount of good work that you put in,” said Siamfuko, who captained Zambia at the COSAFA Women’s U-17 Championship in 2020.
“I want to be an inspiration to the young girls and show them that you can also achieve your goals no matter your age.”