Africa's last hope Zambia eye U20 World Cup semis

Africa's last hope Zambia eye U20 World Cup semis
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 Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jun 04, 2017. 13:00

Zambia and Italy will lock horns in the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup quarter-final clash at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Monday.

Kick-off is at 10h00 CAT.

The Junior Chipolopolo, who are the only African side left in the tournament, stunned Germany 4-3 in the last 16 game which was played at the Jeju World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.

Having scored 10 goals, Zambia are one of the highest scoring teams in this tournament and they will once again look to Fashion Sakala, who has three goals.

Beston Chambeshi, the Junior Chipolopolo coach, will look to mastermind a victory over Italy and book their place in the semi-finals for the first time in history.

Meanwhile, Italy overcame their European rivals France 2-1 in the last 16 match which was played at the Cheonan Stadium on Wednesday.

The Azzurrini have been one of the best teams defensively in the tournament - having conceded four goals thus far and their key player has been Rolando Mandragora.

Alberigo Evani, the Azzurrini coach, will be hoping to guide his side into the semi-finals for the first time in history - with a victory over Zambia in the South Korean city of Suwon.

Referee Roddy Zambrano, who hails from Ecuador, will be in charge of the encounter between Zambia and Italy.

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