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Zambia Youth Team called to camp

Seeking a return to the U20 Fifa World Cup finals next year, the Zambia Under-20 national team has been called to commence training next week Monday.

The youth Chipolopolo are only two games away from the finals. They face Mali in a two-legged fixture to decide who qualifies to the African Under-20 championship. The 2013 CAF African Youth Championship will be held in Algeria in March next.

he African youth championship serves as qualifier for the Under 20 Fifa World Cup. The top four finishers at the finals qualify to the world cup finals. Zambia was last at the U-20 Fifa World Cup finals in Canada in 2007.

Zambia hosts Mali on the 22nd September before travelling to Bamako for the return and final leg on 5, 6 and 7th October. The victor of that clash qualifies to the finals in Algeria. Players eligible for this championship are those born on or after 1st January 1993.

The Zambia Under-20 has Keegan Mumba as trainer, Chris Kaunda assistant trainer and Hector Chilombo. Lighton Ndashe is Team Manager while Dr George Magwende who is head of the FAZ Medical Committee is Team Doctor. Peter Phiri is the Physiotherapist.

Talking to fazfootball.com Mumba said “We are determined to qualify to the Africa Cup finals and from there get to the semifinals so that we go back to the World Cup.

We have won everything in the region and the boys are talented and are determined. We shall not underrate Mali because for them to reach this stage means they are a strong team. Our chances are as good as Mali’s and we shall do everything possible to qualify.”

The Full squad:

Goal Keepers: Kenny Mumba (Zanaco), Moses Mapulanga (Nakambala Leopards), Martin Mwamba Jr (Roan United), Charles Mweemba (Nkana).

Defence: Malan Gondwe (Nkana), Mushesha Phiri (Nkana) Kacholo Banda (Tuks Academy, SA) Moses Siasumo (TP Mazembe, DRC), Alex Sichone (Red Arrows), Japhet Banda (Zanaco), Sailas Sinyangwe (Kasama United), Bonewell Silengo (Forest Rangers), Chishimba Changala (Nkwazi), Richard Kasonde (Kabwe Warriors), Mwansa Chirwa (City of Lusaka), Uliya Jonathan Phiri (Libala High School).

Midfield: Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows), Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Simon Kapengwe (TP Mazembe DRC), Kizito Cheelo (TP Mazembe DRC) Lubambo Musonda (National Assembly), Noble Kapotwe (Zanaco), Mwila Mulenga (Zanaco), Patrick Sakala (Namibia) Musonda Bwalya (Luanshya United) Mohamed Fawaz (Tuks Academy SA), Emmanuel Zulu (Livingstone Pirates), Eliot Daka (Konkola Mine Police), Godfrey Ngwenya (Kabwe Warriors), Joseph Mukomena (City of Lusaka), Nsofwa Mwansa (Kabwe), George Maundu (K Stars), Marvin Suwilanji (Denmark).

Strikers: Reynold Kampamba (Nkana), Gomezian Mkandawire (Nkana), Obby Chirwa (Konkola Blades), Julius Situmbeko (Konkola Blades), Lazarus Shonga (Chipata Young Stars), Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Shadreck Mayembe (Zanaco), Steve Mutama (Paramilitary Lusaka), Felix Nyaende (Power Dynamos), Mukuka Mulenga (Power Dynamos), Ignatius Stacey (Zanaco).







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