Ochumba Lubandji scored a hat-trick as Zambia began their 2021 COSAFA Women’s Championship Group C campaign with a 5-0 victory over Eswatini at Nelson Mandela Stadium on Thursday.
Zambia, who were beaten finalists in 2019 and recently starred at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, will be pleased with their solid start to the tournament.
They opened the scoring midway through the first half via Lubandji, who headed home Margaret Belemu’s cross.
Belemu then went from provider to scorer as she grabbed the second, firing in a rocket shot that left Sukoluhle Sibandze in the Eswatini goal with no chance.
And it was 3-0 with a little over 15 minutes to go when Lubandji scored her second, latching onto a shot from Grace Chanda and firing home from close range.
Lubandji grabbed her hat-trick just two minutes later with another neat finish as Eswatini wilted in the face of relentless Zambia attacks.
The fifth goal duly arrived via substitute Esther Mukwasa, who shot low into the goal after Eswatini failed to clear.
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By FARPost Reporter