Zambia Players celebrates victory during the 2016 Cosafa U20 Youth Championship Final match between South Africa and Zambia
Monday Feb 20, 2017. 16:30
Zambian U20 coach Beston Chambeshi says it was not easy to select his final 21-man squad for the upcoming 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Chambeshi announced his squad on Sunday as they will host the tournament in Lusaka and Ndola.
The Young Chipolopolo are in Group A with Egypt, Guinea and Mali while Group B has Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan.
Chambeshi has named five foreign-based players in the team, including midfielders Kenneth Kalunga, Mumba Mwape and Emmanuel Banda.
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“It was not easy for us [the technical bench] to come up with the final team. We cracked our heads a bit due to the high level of competition amongst players,” said Chambeshi.
“If we had a choice we could have kept all players but again we can’t go beyond CAF requirement.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development, Moses Mawere said the mascot named Nkwazi symbolises the unity and hard work the nation has enjoyed since independence.
The tournament gets underway on February 26 until March 12 and the top-four finishers will qualify for the 2017 FIFA South Korea World Youth Championship in May.