Friday Feb 24, 2017. 16:00
The Zambian U20 national team will be out to down Guinea in their opening U20 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Group A encounter on Sunday.
Under the guidance of coach Beston Chambeshi, the junior Chipolopolo are targeting a win as they want to raise their hopes of lifting the trophy.
Playing in front of their home crowd, Zambia will be motivated to go all the way and make the country proud.
On the other hand, they will be boosted by their 2016 COSAFA Cup glory last year as they downed South Africa in Rustenburg.
Ahead of the tournament, they beat Amajita 2-1, as well as travelling to Europe to beat FC Basel and Tenerife juniors in friendlies which will give their confidence a major boost.
Chambeshi will bank on his prolific striker Fashion Sakala to cause all sorts of problems for Guinea come Sunday afternoon.
“We are a serious working team. My boys played well. It was not an easy game but what is important was to win, especially that this is our first game at home,” said Chambeshi.
“We need to maintain the same level. I can assure the nation that we have picked a team which will conquer the continent. It is a team which will give the nation a smile.”
Looking at the junior Syli Nationale, they will also hope to bag a win and stun the hosts in the opening group encounter.
The Guinean side have had a good run in the qualifiers as they managed to bag wins over Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia as well as Liberia.
Coming to the Southern African part of the continent pushes them to go all out for glory, but it will not be an easy feat to achieve.
The encounter will be staged at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday at 15:00.