Shepolopolo Zambia endured a forgettable Olympic debut on Wednesday after they were crushed 10-3 by The Netherlands in their opening Group F match at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu.
Shepolopolo captain Barbara Banda stood out for Zambia with a hat-trick against the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup runners-up and 2017 European champions.
Vivianne Miedema scored four goals, three coming in the first half in 9th, 15th and 38th minutes before wrapping up her day in the 59th minute.
Banda struck her first for Zambia in the 19th minute with the score line at 3-1.
Lieke Martens struck twice for the Dutch in the 14th and 38th while Shanice Van de Sanden made it six-one in the 44th minute.
The Dutch further punished Shepolopolo’s leaky backline with goals by Jamie Roord, Lineth Beerensteyn, and Victoria Pelova in the 64th, 75th and 80th minutes respectively.
However, Banda led by example with two quick late goals in the 82nd and 83rd minutes to become the first female Zambian player to score a hat-trick at the Olympics.
She also equaled Kalusha Bwalya’s hat-trick feat at the Seoul 1988 Olympics in Zambia’s 4-0 win over Italy.
Meanwhile, Shepolopolo are bottom of Group F on zero points with their opponents this Saturday China who lost 5-0 to Brazil who are second on goal difference behind leaders Holland.
its a very good start , lets how they do with china , I hope they win
Let them stay there. I warned them that if they lost then they shouldn’t think of coming back.
They will be VERY happy to stay there KZ! At least they will be treated properly and paid decent salaries! And they will be spared stup!d comments from UK based trolls! Who can’t even play with their own balls!
No corruption you have anger issues kikiki. You must be suffering from covid of the brain. I personally told FAZ that if they lost then they should remain there. I have told the Male team that if they lose again I will personally beat them up . After I beat them I will follow you and beat you like a little silly boy.
if they lose all the games we will donate them to upnd.
Zambian girls looking so beautiful. Whoever is their dietician is good.
KZ the UK based troll – you have told NOBODY anything. You were embarrassingly SACKED by Edgar China Lungu and now you can play boss of your LAWN MOWER! I truly enjoyed the Shepolopolo quality of Barbra Banda while the coach should be ashamed of himself!
By the way, the Shepolopolo game was not even broadcast on ZNBC! They were preoccupied with stup!d lies from PF cadres!
The Queens played their best, but were in the first half not confident enough, however don’t forget that they played professionals who are number 4 in the rankings and our ladies are at 104 and amateurs. Proud of you, keep the fighting spirit,
@Joe well said my man. They tried their best
The girls national soccer team put up a very good determined performance unlike that rubbish we were treated to at Cosafa 2021 by the men’s soccer team in South Africa! And you blamed and fired a very good and determined coach! The players also have to show determination and interest that that is their job they are doing, not lazing around! Bring in another coach for the men’s team, but if the players are still lazy like that, he won’t achieve as well, and he will also be fired! How many are you going to fire?
I am mortified
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