Zambia’s Barbra Banda becomes the first female footballer to score a back-to-back hat trick in the history of the Olympic games

History has been made at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Tournament and it’s Africa that is being represented in the course of history. For the first time in the history of the Olympic games, a female footballer has scored a back-to-back hat trick and she’s from Africa, her name is Barbra Banda.

The 21-year-old Zambian female footballer has become the first female footballer to score a back-to-back hat trick at the Olympic games.

No other female footballer has reached this milestone in an Olympic tournament.

She’s the first African female footballer to score a hat trick in a single match at the Olympics, the highest female African goalscorer in the history of the Olympic games, the first Zambian female footballer to score at the Olympics and she’s the current leading goal scorer at the ongoing Olympics with six goals in just two matches levelled with Dutch and Arsenal player Vivianne Miedema and ahead of Australia’s and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr.


Barbra Banda is a Zambian footballer and the captain for the Zambian female team (Copper Queens). She is currently playing for Shanghai Shengli in the Chinese female super league. Barbra Banda started her career with Spanish outfit Logroño in 2018, where she scored 16 goals in 28 appearances before making a move to China. The 21-year-old has represented Zambia nine times netting nine goals.


Having lost their first game to the Netherlands conceding ten goals against the Dutch, with the final score (Netherlands 10-3 Zambia), Zambia is currently fighting for the third-place spot for a chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Zambia will have to play Marta’s Brazil in their last match of the group games and a win will see them stand a chance to qualify for the knockout stages.

But can Barbra Banda put on another Messi performance against two-time Olympic silver medalist, Brazil?

For now, It’s Barbra Banda’s world, and we’re all just living in it.

Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583