Barbra Banda Poised for Record-Breaking Transfer to Orlando Pride

Barbra Banda Poised for Record-Breaking Transfer to Orlando Pride

In a groundbreaking move that could reverberate throughout the world of women’s football, reports from CBS Sports indicate that Zambian striker Barbra Banda is on the brink of joining Orlando Pride in a historic deal within the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Sources suggest that the anticipated transfer will activate Banda‘s reported £1 million release clause from her current club, Shanghai Shengli. The deal is expected to encompass various components, including a transfer fee, salary package, and potential bonuses. Collectively, these elements could surpass the record-breaking transfer of fellow Zambian attacker Rachael Kundananji, who recently made headlines with her move to Bay FC for a staggering £685,000, establishing her as the most expensive female footballer in history.

Banda, renowned as the captain of the Zambian women’s national team, has ascended to global prominence following her stellar performances at the Tokyo Olympics. Her recent contributions in securing a pivotal spot in the final round of the Paris Olympics qualifiers have further underscored her status as a rising star in the sport.

Notably, Banda etched her name in the annals of football history during the Olympic qualifiers by becoming the first Zambian player, male or female, to achieve the milestone of scoring 50 international goals. This feat places her in elite company, alongside legendary figures like Godfrey Ucar Chitalu, whose record of 79 goals has long been revered in Zambian football lore.

As Banda prepares to embark on this historic journey to Orlando Pride, her transfer represents a watershed moment for women’s football, signaling the increasing recognition and investment in female athletes on the global stage.

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