Zambia’s Banda wants to become world’s best footballer

Zambia Women’s National Team captain Barbra Banda said she aims to become the best footballer in the world after she scored a second straight hat-trick at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Rachael Kundananji also got her name on the scoresheet in the thrilling 4-4 draw with China, who scored all their goals through Wang Shuang.

Banda spoke to the media after the Group F game. Here is a full transcript of what she had to say:

On the draw: There is a lot of improvements from the first game (against Netherlands). What we wanted mostly (against China) is the win but unfortunately settled for a draw.

On the overall performance of the team: I like the team spirit that we have, we are working as a team and we are looking forward to the next game against Brazil, we still have hope and we have a strong feeling that we can do something in the next game.

On her performance: I am very proud of myself and the team because without them I can’t score so I just want to say thank you to my teammates for they help that they are giving me.

On equaling the record for most goals at the Olympics: It’s good to make history when you have the opportunity so I just have to keep on working hard and break more history. I still have a long way to go, I just have to be disciplined because I am aiming to become the best footballer in the world.

On fans support in the stadium: Playing in the stadium where they are fans gives more confidence, the supporters are the 12th player in the stadium so it gives morale.

Zambia’s next game is against Brazil on Tuesday.

Source: Football Association of Zambia