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Zambia Under-17 off to Mauritius for Cosafa

Zambia Under-17 left for Mauritius on Saturday morning ahead of next week’s Cosafa Cup.

Zambia is in Group B alongside South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique.

Winners of the 2018 edition of the Cosafa championship in Mauritius will automatically qualify for the Tanzania 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The ultimate goal for the 12 teams competing at the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championships in Mauritius from July 19-29 is to reach the FIFA Under-17 World Cup finals in Peru next year.

The young guns will open their Group B fixture against Mozambique before facing Lesotho on match day 2.

The final group game will see the Tenant Chilumba coached  side face South Africa.

Some of the players to look out for will be striker Enock Sakala Jr, the son to Zesco United legend Enock ‘Londole’ Sakala. Sakala Jr plays for Young Zesco United.

Chiparamba Youth’s  Richard Ngoma is another exciting talent upfront.

The defence will be marshaled around captain Morgan Botha from Sporting Lusaka FC

In midfield look out for the combination of Kelvin Mwanza and Lasmond  Phiri from Manchester United Zambian Academy of Mazabuka and Blaze Sporting Academy respectively.

With Osward Mutapa still suspended, his assistants Tenant Chilumba and George Chilufya will take charge.

Last year Lameck Banda and Martin Njobvu went on rampage and lead to Cosafa U17 triumph.

FULL  SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Jonathan Phiri (Kabwata Dynamos), Iford Mwale (Vector FC), Phillip Malunga (Blue Bullets)

(DEFENDERS)

Billy Maipenzi (Shamuel Soccer Academy), Brian Phiri (Young Kafue Celtic), Morgan Botha (Sporting Lusaka FC), Avram Rodgers (Kabitaka Stars), Vincent Chate, Luckson Tembo (Free State Stars), Bisalom Mwanza, Benson Simwanda (Chiparamba Academy)

(MIDFIELDER)

Kelvin Mwanza (Muza Academy), Alex Mwiinga (Kascol Rangers), Peter Chikola (Garden Youth Academy), Bernard Bwalya (Vector), Lasmond Phiri (Blaze Sporting Academy), Daniel Tembo (Young Kafue Celtic), Mathews Mutale (Chawama United)

(STRIKERS)

Enock Sakala (Young Zesco United), Vincent Kalinda (Chama Young Stars), Stephen Mungomena (Kabangwe Academy), Richard Ngoma (Chiparamba Academy), Toffee Musariri (Young Lusaka Dynamos), Collins Tembo (Vector FC)






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