By MICHAEL MIYOBA
COPPER Queens captain Barbra Banda says she is proud to have scooped the IFFHS award of Women’s World Best International Goal Scorer in 2023.
Banda became the third player to win the IFFHS award of Women’s World Best International Goal Scorer after Australian Ellen White in 2021 Barcelona star Samantha Kerr who claimed the 2022 award.
Banda, who scored 15 goals for the Copper Queens last year hailed her teammates for helping her score the goals.
“Happy to be the third player to win the IFFHS award of Women’s World Best International Goal Scorer in 2023. Following in the footsteps of Women’s Football legends Ellen White (2021) and Samantha Kerr,” Banda said in a post on her official social media accounts.
“Thank you to all my teammates for the service and the coaches for the trust and guidance, to the fans. Thank you for always being there for us as a team, this is for all of you,” Banda said.
Meanwhile, Copper Queens striker Rachel Kundananji was ranked fifth on the World Best International Goal Scorers rankings after she scored 12 goal for Zambia in 2023.
The Madrid CFF striker had a similar record with Malawian international Temwa Chawinga who scored 12 goals last year and was ranked fourth.
Samantha Kerr, ranked eighth in 2021 and number one in 2022 finished the latest rankings on third position after she scored 13 goals, one goal behind second-ranked Salma Paralluelo, the Barcelona star who scored 14 goals for Spain in 2023.