Zambia compressed Angola 6-0 as captain Barbra Banda scored a hat-trick to give the Copper Queens a huge advantage in the Morocco 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) final round qualifier.

It was the Copper Queens biggest away win of the year coming under two months after they thrashed Morocco 6-2 in a friendly, but Wednesday’s match was key as it was the first leg of the WAFCON final round qualifier.

Green Buffaloes Women FC defender Lushomo Mweemba poked home the opener in the 40th minute before Barbra Banda netted from the penalty spot five minutes later. The Shanghai Shengli forward made it three in added time when she benefited from a Racheal Kundananji assist in added time.

The Copper Queens continued with their impressive half as midfielder Ireen Lungu, who was key in the game scored past Maria dos Ceus Muecalia to make it four for the queens on 52 minutes. Kundananji made it two assists in the 65th minute for Banda who closed the day on a hat-trick before the Madrid CFF striker scored a goal of her own after superb work from substitute Racheal Nachula four minutes from time.

Zambia will host Angola in the second leg on Tuesday 5 December, 2023 at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.

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