Zambia U20 too good for South American finalists Ecuador
The Zambia U20 national team on Saturday continued their impressive unbeaten run when they swept aside a challenge from Ecuador who they beat 2 – 0.
Bestone Chambeshi made five changes to the team that played in the final game of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament but that did not deter his lads from picking their 12th win in 13 games with the only loss coming at the hands of the Barcelona B side.
The African Junior champions were leading at half time via a 30th minute goal scored by Edward ‘Tiger’ Chilufya.
Zambia dominated the game and could have extended the lead after restart when Chrispin Sakulanda cut into the box from the right to curl a shot to the far post but missed the target by inches.
Zambia were looking more purposeful in attack and a run by Mwepu was picked by a lone pass from midfield which saw him dash into the box to slot the ball past the on-rushing keeper for Zambia’s second.
The South Americans were the runners up in their continental tournament which concluded in February.
On their way to the final, the young Ecuadorians handed 3 – 0 thrashings apiece to Argentina and Colombia.
They were stopped by Uruguay in the final who beat them 2 – 1.
The young Zambians next play hosts South Korea on Monday.
25th March, 2017
Zambia vs. Ecuador – Suwon World Cup Stadium (16h00 local time)
27th March, 2017
Zambia vs. Korea – Cheonan Sports Complex (19h00)
30th March, 2017
Zambia v Honduras – Jeju World Cup Stadium (16h00)
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