Women Football Why I fear for my starting role in Zambia squad – Banda

Zambia striker Barbra Banda has admitted fears she may lose her position in the Coppers Queens squad following the massive talent coming up in the women’s national teams set up.

Speaking ahead of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying return leg fixture against Angola, Banda said the youngsters are knocking so hard on the door such that even her place is not assured in the starting eleven.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games record setter with her back-to-back hat-tricks and FIFA World Cup 2023 1000th goal scorer said watching the youthful Cosafa squad chalk impressive results reminded her of how hard everyone needs to work in the Zambian squad.

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Barbra scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 victory over Angola in the first leg and is looking to pick up from where she left off despite her modest posture. “I might say I am experienced but even the young players that are there are doing well, you can see the players that played Cosafa, I was even scared about where am I going to fit in because they did well. we just keep on encouraging them and find their positions in the first line-up,” she said.

Barbra said Zambia will not take their feet off the pedal today as they face Angola in the second leg of the final qualifying round of the Morocco 2024 WAFCON. “The team is ready for the game, as a team we are not relaxed as we still have unfinished business with Angola. The morale in camp is high and we are looking forward to the game.”

Zambia leads 6-0 from the first leg and is on the cusp of a third consecutive WAFCON qualification should they finish off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

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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