Striker Barbara Banda has joined the Shepolopolo camp ahead of Wednesday’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic first leg qualifier against Botswana at Nkoloma Stadium.

Banda, who plies her trade at Spanish side EDF Logrono in the Primera División Femenina, arrived yesterday and joined camp following her superb performance where she scored a hat-trick for her team over the weekend to help defeat opponents Tacon by five goals to one.

Her performance put her in line for the Player of the Week accolade in that country.

The Copper Queens clash with Botswana on Wednesday at Nkoloma stadium while the return match will be played in Gaborone over the weekend.

Barbara, who is former Green Buffaloes striker, last played for Zambia at the 2018 Cosafa Women Championship in Port Elizabeth.

According to the Football Association of Zambia, winner between Zambia and Botswana will face off with one of Gabon, Ghana, Malawi or Kenya waiting after that.

One team from Africa will automatically qualify for the Olympics this year, with another facing a play-off against South American side, Chile.