Zambia captain Barbra Banda became the first woman to score back-to-back hat-tricks at the same Olympics in her side’s thrilling 4-4 draw with China.
Zambia, the only African team competing in women’s football, came from 3-1 down to lead 4-3, only for a controversial late penalty denying them a memorable first Group F win.
Striker Banda, 21, also scored a treble in their 10-3 loss to the Netherlands.
With six goals at the Tokyo Games so far, Banda has equalled the record for most goals scored in a tournament which was set by Christine Sinclair of Canada at the 2012 Games in London.
Banda, who features for Chinese club Shanghai Shengli, has said her main target is to make sure she writes history in the game and also make sure she becomes the best player in the world.
“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 told the Zambia FA official website after the draw.
“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.”
On her performances so far in the competition, 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.
“Playing in the stadium where they are fans gives more confidence; the supporters are the 12th player in the stadium so it gives morale.”
On the draw against China, Banda explained: “There is a lot of improvements from the first game [against the Netherlands]. What we wanted mostly [against China] is the win but unfortunately settled for a draw.”