Zambia U20 to play Saudi Arabia and Mexico at Korea Rep. invitation tournament
The Zambia U20 national soccer team will regroup on Sunday ahead of a trip to South Korea where they will play against Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the host nation in a four nations invitation tournament.
Coach Beston Chambeshi has named 21 players for the Korea trip that sees foreign based players Conlyde Luchanga (Hapoel Ra’anana, Patson Daka (FC Liefering), Mumba Mwape (Getafe) and Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow) miss out as they return to their clubs.
This however has provided an opportunity for the coach to have a final look at some players who could re-enforce the squad after the Africa Cup as he has brought back four of the players he dropped before the tournament: Stephen Chulu (Kabwe Warriors), Happy Nsofwa (Mufulira Police), Musonda Siame (Kafue Celtic) and Joseph Phiri (Red Arrows).
There will be little rest for the African Champions as they have to play at least three games in 10 days after rigorous Africa Cup tournament but they will get a head start to acclimatise and have a feel of the World Cup pitches a month before the tournament kicks off.
The tournament will cover the period March 21-31.
Zambia the U20 Africa Cup of Nations champions will open the FIFA World Cup tournament with a match against two-time champions Portugal on May 21 before facing Iran three days later. The concluding fixture will be against Costa Rica on May 27.
Goalkeepers: Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Samson Banda (Zesco United), James Phiri (Circuit City)
Defenders: Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Prosper Chilufya (Kafue Celtic), Benson Chali (Forest Rangers), Solomon Sakala (Kabwe Warriors), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Edward Tembo (Gomes FC)
Midfielders: Sydney Phiri (Gomes FC), Crispin Sakulanda (Mufulira Wanderers), Harrison Musonda (Nkana), Enock Mwepu (Napsa Stars), Kenneth Kalunga (IFS, Denmark), Stephen Chulu (Kabwe Warriors), Happy Nsofwa (Mufulira Police),
Strikers: Emmanuel Banda (Esmoriz, Portugal), Edward Chilufya (Mpande Youth), Joseph Phiri (Red Arrows), Musonda Siame (Kafue Celtic)
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