Barbra Banda, a rising women's soccer star

Barbra Banda, the captain of Zambia's national team and a rising star in women's soccer, has been ruled ineligible for this summer's Africa Cup of Nations.

Banda, a 22-year-old forward, had two hat tricks in the Olympics last summer and has excelled for her Chinese club, Shanghai Shengli.

According to Zambian officials, Banda and the other players were faced with a similar decision.

Banda, on the other hand, will not represent her country at the African continental championship.

FIFA spokespeople did not immediately respond to questions about the rules of the governing body.

Real Madrid, among other top European clubs, are reportedly interested in her.