Wednesday Feb 22, 2017. 10:30
Ahead of the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, Zambia senior national team coach Wedson Nyirenda has urged the juniors to go for the trophy.
The Chipolopolo manager was speaking to the Zambian media ahead of the showpiece set to start this weekend in Ndola and Lusaka.
Nyirenda said the team is ready because it has undergone the four important phases of earning success praising preparations by coach Beston Chambeshi.
Zambia are in Group A with Guinea, Egypt and Mali while Group B comprises South Africa, Senegal, Sudan and Cameroon.
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“The team has gone through the three major phases, we are currently in the fourth phase which is finalising tactics culminating from the two outings, the COSAFA and Europe tour,” said Nyirenda.
“Looking at where the team is now, I think we are almost there. We are just doing the final stage, which is polishing up of departments. There is no problem with cohesion and coordination in the team.
Meanwhile, Nyirenda promised to draft most of the U20 players into the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad as he believes they are following the new Chipolopolo concept well.
“We will have a lot of young faces in the CHAN team. We want to maintain our policy of juniors being juniors and seniors being seniors but for exceptional players we want to expose them quickly into the senior team," adds the U20 technical advisor.
"Going forward, we will have a good number of young players in the national team."
The junior Chipolopolo are set to get their campaign underway against Guinea on Sunday, 26 February.