Preview: Zambia U20 v Germany – Quarter final beckons
The Zambia U20 national soccer team today takes on Germany for a place in the quarter finals of the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup.
Many see this as a crunch match and will be looking at Zambia avenging the loss to Germany at the 1988 Seoul Olympics when a Zambian team led by Kalusha Bwalya’s heroics was stopped in their tracks by Germany via a 4 – 0 bashing.
Should Chambehi’s boys go over this huddle, it will be the first time a Zambian team will have gone to play in the quarter finals at a FIFA tournament.
The stage looks well set for history to be made.
Zambia come into the game looking good on form with only loss in the tournament against Costa Rica in a dead rubber match with the team already confirmed as group winners.
Their record extends to 15 competitive games with only one loss and no draw.
Zambia already got a taste of European opposition when they beat Portugal 2 – 0 in their opening match before they overrun Iran with a 4 – 2 scoreline.
Germany on the other hand have only managed one win at the tournament against little known Vunautu who they beat 3 – 2 after drawing 0 – 0 with Mexico and losing their opener against Venezuela 2 – 0.
The European representatives have played five games this calendar year winning only two, and drawing another two.
They have scored three goals conceding four times. Zambia have scored six times conceding 4 times.
Beston Chambeshi is expected to revert to his tried and tested XI with skipper Solomon Sakala expected to return to the starting XI to partner Moses ‘Bumper’ Nyondo.
Prosper Chiluya and Shemmy Mayembe will play as full backs.
In the middle of the pack, Boyd ‘Tanker’ Musonda will play in the holding role but look for Ngosa Sunzu who had a good game against Costa Rica.
Emmanuel Banda will be the creative link in the midfield while Fashion ‘Mr Fashion’ Sakala and Edward ‘Tiger’ Chilufya will bombard the young Germans with runs on the flanks.
Patson Daka will lead the line with towering Enock ‘King of Assists’ Mwepu assisting him from a deep role.
Should Beston Chambeshi name this starting XI, it will be the first time that Zambia will be starting the match with the starting XI that helped Zambia left the 2017 U20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in the final game in Lusaka and looked the more potent team.
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