Zambia prepares for U17 Afcon

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The Zambia U17 national team has been trimmed from the initial 41 players to 30, as the 2021 Afcon U17 preparations advance.

The junior Chipolopolo have several friendlies lined up as they will be taking on the City of Lusaka on Wednesday at Woodlands stadium and against a team from Kabwe on Thursday.

Assistant coach Chisi Mbewe says there is a lot of competition in camp ahead of the tournament that will run from 13-31 March 2021 in Morocco.

“So far so good, the boys are sharpening up so well, there is a lot of competition and a lot of hard work in the team,” Mbewe told ZamFoot.

“We have remained with 30 boys at the moment, so far we doing good, It has been a challenge and it has been so competitive even those who have been left out are not bad players but as you know we are going to the Africa Cup we need the best players so we are remaining with 30, but the number is going to be trimmed but so far so good,” he added.

Zambia last appeared at this tournament in 2015 which saw the rise of stars such as Prosper Chiluya, Jackson Kakunta, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu.

The tournament was Zambia’s first-ever and could only manage one win, 2-1 over Niger, finishing third in group A.

The top four teams of the tournament would have normally qualified for the 2021 FIFA U/17 World Cup in Peru as the CAF representatives. However, FIFA decided late last year to cancel the tournament due to the covid-19 pandemic.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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