Zambia take on Germany for quarterfinal berth

Zambia take on Germany for quarterfinal berth
epa05978020 Emmanuel Banda (C) of Zambia in action against Pepe (L) and Diogo Dalot (R), both of Portugal during the group stage match of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 between Zambia and Portugal at the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Jeju Island, South Korea, 21 May 2017. EPA/WALLACE WOON

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 30, 2017. 08:00

Zambia will take on Germany in the last 16 round of the 2017 U-20 World Cup on Wednesday. The teams will meet at Jeju World Cup Stadium, kick-off at 13h00 CAT.

Zambia progressed into the final 16 as winners of Group C, with the Southern Africans defeating Portugal and Iran before losing to Costa Rica in their final round-robin match when qualification was already assured.

The Junior Chipolopolo have proven to be an attack-minded, free scoring side, with the likes of Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu and Emmanuel Banda coming to the fore.

Beston Chambeshi will be confident that his side can progress deep into the tournament, but they must first overcome the challenge posed by Germany.

The Europeans scraped into the knockout rounds as one of the four best third-place finishers in the group stage, after picking up just four points from their Group B matches against Venezuela (0-2 loss), Mexico (0-0 draw) and Vanuatu (3-2 win).

While the senior Mannschaft are the reigning World Cup champions, this U-20 team is not held in the same regard and Zambia will enter the match as favourites, hopeful that their attacking power and pace can overwhelm Guido Streichsbier’s side.

The match in Jeju will be refereed by El Salvador’s Joel Aguilar. The winner between Zambia and Germany will face either France or Italy in the third quarterfinal, set for Suwon on June 5. CLICK HERE TO VISIT AFRICAN FOOTBALL ZAMBIA

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