Barbra Banda (left), in action against Cameroon

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, Nigeria


Copper Queens’ of Zambia attacker, Barbra Banda, has shared her football story with the Confederation of African Football, CAF. The 20-year-old narrated how she started playing football from school.

“I started playing football when I was in school. It was like we were being forced to play for a school and that is where I discovered that I got talent in football. I joined an academy where I started playing my youth football.” She said.

Most parents don’t always want their girl child to play football as the notion of football being boys game is rampant in Africa. This was also the case with Barbra.

“It wasn’t easy for my parents to allow me to play football because they believe that football is for men. As time goes on, I pushed myself. Even if they try to refuse, I use to run away to train with my friends because I know that that is what I enjoyed doing. Now, my parents accept what I do. They just accepted when I was first called up for the national team. I played for the U-17 national team where we participated in Costa Rica FIFA World Cup. That was when they started encouraging me in what I like doing.”

Barbra Banda admonished girls to try out many sports if they think football is for boys as many women and ladies are now taking part in different sporting activities.

“To those ladies and girls that are scared of playing football, thinking that it is for boys, now many girls are playing football and participating. All that I can say is that they can try out different sports if they don’t feel like playing football. There is netball, basketball, karate, and other sports that they can try out.” She concluded.

The Shanghai Shengli attacker is part of the Zambian side that qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. She joined the Chinese club from the Spanish Primera Division Women side, Logroño.


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