Barbara Banda’s testosterone levels are too high
Zambian women’s striker Barbara Banda is likely to miss out on this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. She has been dropped from the national team due to “excessive testosterone levels and an overly masculine appearance”.
At the end of June, “Marca” reported that Real Madrid Women’s Football Team is about to sign Zambia international Barbara Banda from Shanghai Women’s Football Team. The transfer has not been officially announced so far. On Friday, the Zambian women’s football team excluded Banda from the African Cup of Nations.
In an official statement, the Zambia Football Association said Banda was removed for “medical reasons”, but did not provide any details about the injury.
Local media reported that the real reason for Banda’s removal was “excessive testosterone levels and an overly masculine appearance.” Zambian journalist Chawanzi Nkhoma said it was not the first time that Banda had been in this situation: “Some time ago she was accused by some opponents who said that Barbara’s physical characteristics were not like women. Sadly, this kind of thing still happens in in sports.”
Barbara Banda first came to prominence in the Africa Cup and Olympic qualifiers, and was discovered and brought to Spain by former Logroño sporting director Fernando Martinez. Banda contributed 16 goals and 10 assists in 28 games during his time at Logrono. In 2020, she joined the Shanghai Women’s Football Team and signed a three-year contract. In her first season, she scored 18 goals in 13 games and won the league’s top scorer.