Super Falcons of Nigeria are a team to beat at the Africa Women Cup of Nations that begins on Saturday in Ghana, but according to striker, Barbara Banda Zambia will give the defending champions a fight.
Zambia, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria are in group B. While Zambia play Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, while South Africa take on Nigeria.
“We want to qualify to the World Cup. We are not going to Ghana as mere participants,” Banda told the Zambia Football Association.
“The teams look tough on paper but we won’t look at names.
“Whether it’s Nigeria or South Africa we are focused and we shall conquer,” Banda added.
Banda will be under pressure to deliver after joining a top tier league in Spain where Zambia have no representation in the men’s La Liga.
She made her debut for her club Logrono almost a week ago and scored, becoming the first Zambian to play in the Spanish women’s La Liga.
The Super Falcons gunning for their 9th title are expected to land in Cape Coast, Ghana on Wednesday, after rounding up their training in Cote ‘d Ivoire on Monday.