Monday Jul 23, 2018. 15:00
Despite their failure to qualify for the 2019 U20 CAF African Cup of Nations tournament, Zambia remains confident of erasing the setback.
Football Association of Zambia president, Andrew Kamanga has assured the nation that his office has a long term plan to cure setbacks like the disaster in Burundi.
With a 1-0 lead from the first leg a week ago, the young Chipolopolo surrendered their lead in the return leg and lost 3-0 which means they will not go to Niger.
“The Zambia Under 20 has lost to Burundi today (Sunday) ending our hopes of defending the AFON in Benin (Niger),” Kamanga wrote on Facebook.
“There’s no drawing board to go back to as we have a long term plan that cures our under performance at all levels of National Soccer Team.
“A solid foundation is continually being laid to ensure Zambia’s future remains bright for a sustainable longer period by constantly developing our game from the grassroots.
“While the result today is regrettable, I have a lot of faith in our football development agenda.”
With Zambia’s failure to qualify to Niger in order to defend their title, their focus now shifts to Mauritius where the Zambia U17 are taking part at the ongoing COSAFA Championship.