Red Card: Zambian Transgender Star Booted From Participating In African Cup of Nations

Zambian women’s soccer star Barbra Banda is being ruled out for Africa’s Cup of Nations tournament because of high testosterone levels.

That’s right. A woman can’t play women’s soccer because she – actually, he – has too many male chemicals in his system. 

Banda would have had to take hormone suppressors as prescribed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), in order to be eligible for the roster but refused, rendering him unable to participate in the tournament.

“Our medics engaged the players, and they weren’t willing to go through with it — I think there are possible side effects,” Sydney Mungala, the spokesperson for the Zambia’s Football Association (ZAF), stated. “With the players not going down that route and taking up that option, the final decision was that they could not be included in the final list for the competition.”

Star athlete at 22 years old, he made waves in 2020 Olympics when he got back-toback hat trick wins against China and Netherlands. 

Zambian Football Association was critical of the CAF’s decision.

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“The Barbra case is just one example, but the broader picture is to strive to see how these regulations can be more responsible for the general situation — not just Zambia,” Mungala said. Many players could be affected by the regulations. Football is their livelihood. CAF regulations should be stricter, I believe. [than Olympic regulations]They put too much stress upon testosterone levels.

Mungala and her colleagues can cry all they want, but there is a much simpler solution for this problem: don’t let men join your soccer teams.

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