No North & West African opposition for Junior Chipolopolo on the road to 2019 edition
CAF Under-20 African Cup of Nations holders Zambia have been given a bye from the first round of qualifiers for the 2019 edition.
According to a press release by CAF, fifteen countries including Zambia have been exempted from the first round.
The quartet Angola, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Libya who reached the final round of the last qualifiers plus the twelve countries that featured at the last two African Youth Championship will join in the second round.
The exempted countries are Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan.
The first leg of the the first round will be played on the weekend of 30th March – 1st April 2018 and with the second leg a week later.
The Junior Chipolopolo will await the winner from the East African derby between Kenya and Rwanda.
The first leg of the second round will be played on weekend of 20-22 April and the second leg will take place a week later.
Should the young guns go past either Kenya or Rwanda then a third round tie awaits them on the weekend of 11-13 May.
The winner from the Sudan and Burundi/Ethiopia will face Zambia in the third round.
Zambia won the trophy on home soil in 2017 under coach Beston Chambeshi.
The class of ’07 which included Patson Daka, Emmanuel Banda, Solomon Sakala, Enock Mwepu, and Fashion Sakala went on to help Zambia reach the quarter finals at the World Cup in Korea.
Zambia Under-20 are currently being coached by Numba Mumamba.
After a dismissal performance at the Cosafa tournament last December, the team will be under pressure to emulate the famed class of ’07.
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