The Zambia U-23 national team has started its preparations in readiness for the Egypt 2019 U23 AFCON final round first leg qualifier against Congo Brazzaville slated for June 5th at the National Heroes Stadium.
Speaking to the Zamfoot Crew during a training session held at National Heroes Stadium this morning Assistant Coach Tenant Chilumba declared the team ready to face Congo Brazzaville but admitted that it was a huge task .
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“The players are working very hard in training and aiming for victory It is a big challenge but we are ready, we just have to put our heads together and get a win against Congo Brazzaville,” he said.
Chilumba is happy with the way things are going and revealed that everything was going according to plan. The players have reported for camp with only Nkana and Buildcon players missing due to a club engagement.
“So far so good, everyone is in, it is only Nkana and Buildcon players who have a game on Wednesday. The program is on course,” He said.
“There is stiff competition, we have brought in some new players like Mwepu (Francisco) from Kafue Celtic, Benson Kolala from Forest Rangers and Zackaria Chilongoshi from Kabwe Warriors,” He added.
Zambia will take on Congo Brazzaville in the first leg on the 5th June before travelling to Pointe Noire for the Second leg. The winner over two legs will qualify to the U-23 Africa of Nations to be staged in Egypt with the top three teams at the tournament booking places at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.