Women Football WAFCON Qualifier: Banda with hat-trick as Zambia smash Angola

Zambia’s Copper Queens put in a six-star performance against Angola to edge closer to an AfCON qualification in the first leg of the qualifiers in Luanda on Wednesday.

The 6-0 win means Angola will need to beat Zambia 7-0 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in the second leg to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations that will be staged in Morocco. It was a perfect performance with skipper Barbra Banda scoring a hat-trick while there were goals from Irene Lungu and defender Lushomo Mweemba.

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Mweemba set the ball rolling in the 40th minute before Banda scored from the spot after Zambia were awarded a penalty in the 42nd minute. At the stroke of half time, Banda completed her brace in to take the scoreline to 3-0. Leading 3-0 at the break, the team did not drop its mojo, making it 4-0 through midfielder Irene Lungu in the 52nd minute.

Banda completed her hat trick in the 57th minute to give Zambia a comfortable win. Four minutes from time, Rachael Nachula added the sixth to complete the hammering.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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