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Tokyo Olympics: Zambia skipper Banda hopeful ahead of Brazil clash  

Zambia captain Barbara Banda is optimistic her side will pick a positive result against Brazil in their last group F fixture at the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Copper Queens are bottom of the group with just one point after their first two group games, suffering a 10-3 defeat to the Netherlands and a lively 4-4 draw with China.

The 21-year-old Shanghai Shengli forward says there is a positive feeling among the players that they can churn out a result that can qualify them to the knockout stage.

“There is a lot of improvements from the first game (against the Netherlands),” she said.

“What we wanted most (against China) is a win but unfortunately settled for a draw but 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,” Banda said.

Banda made history by becoming the first female footballer to score two hat-tricks in two games in the Olympics and also became Africa’s leading scoring in Olympics football.

Speaking on her achievements, Banda said, “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 the help that they are giving me.

“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.”

Zambia’s clash with Brazil will take place at the Saitama Stadium tomorrow at 11:30 AM (GMT).

The Copper Queens must win with a huge margin if they are to progress to the knockout stage via group ranking. Their opponents already have 4 points and have 5 positive goals while Zambia has negative 7.

The Zambians can also qualify as one of the two best third-placed teams.

The Netherlands must also beat or draw with China to brighten Zambia’s chances.