Sunday, July 21, 2024

Cosafa U20: Dissapointing start for Zambia as they fall to Uganda

The Zambia U20 national team has kicked off the defense of the Cosafa U20 Championship title on a losing note after they were beaten 2 – 0 by guest team Uganda.

A Muhammad Shaban second half brace helped Uganda to a 2-0 over the hosts at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium.

Numba Mumamba named two players from the 2017 U20 World Cup squad in Ngosa Sunzu and Sweden based star Edward Chilufya.

Upcoming teen sensation Lameck Banda also started in attack.

It was a difficult match for the defending champions who showed great individual skills but were careless in possession.

Shaban broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute before completing his brace 4 minutes later.

In the opening game of the tournament, Malawi beat Swaziland 3 – 2 .

Malawi opened the scores through Peter Banda, whike Patrick Phiri scored a brace.

Swaziland scored the two goals through Nthombise Muzi and Mamba.

It was a good day for the guest teams as Egypt also got off to a winning start when they beat Mozambique 1 – 0.

Hussein Abdelkader’s late 86th minute strike settled the game.

As it stands, Uganda lead group A, ahead of Malawi on goal difference. Swaziland are in third position while Pre-tournament favorites Zambia are bottom of the log


Zambia Vs Uganda


Daniel Sikanyika (16), Prince Mumba (3) (C), Kingsley Hakwiya (5), Justin Mwanza (6), Clinton Lubula (7), Martin Njobvu (9), Lameck Banda (10), Edward Chilufya (11), Benson Kolala (12), Victor Kasokola (13), Ngosa Sunzu (19)

Prince Bwalya (1), Andrew Phiri (2), Jonathan Kapelembe (4), Chanda Mukuka (8), Francesco Mwepu (14), Godfrey Chanda (15), Muma Mumba (17), Jackson Kakunta (18), Musonda Kalale (20)


Keni Saidi (1), Fred Okot (2), Musitafa (Mujuzi), Wasswa Geoffrey (5), Tumwesigye Frank (6), Pious Obuya (10), Stephen Mukwala (11), Mustafa Kizza (12), Muhammad Shaban (13) ©, Julius Poloto (15), Abubakar Kasule (17)


Hamisi Tibita (3), David Owori (7), Allan Okello (8), Mujahid Ogama (9), Kigimu Kuchi (14), Victor Matovu (16), Eric Kibowa (18), Andrew Okiring (19), Mwirusi Ramadhan (20)


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  1. Yaba ba Zambia. Don’t let the pipeline dry up people. We need to continue with U-16 Zone 6 and the Coca Cola next star challenge to feed the Under 20. This loss is showing a stagnation in the process. This is where teams build for World Cup 2022. Let’s get it together in the upcoming games please.

  2. King kalu had gone with his football brains. I wants told people that the under twenty that conqured the world it was drilled during the days of kalu. That was kalu’s sweat. Kamanga is sleeping on duty.

  3. Teams win and lose games. Zambia has lost and Uganda has won. This is normal bearing in mind that Zambia did not take their chances while Uganda did. That game is gone and I am positive the boys know very well what it means. They are learning and growing.Those who do not learn will not grow and they will be dropped and replaced with the learning and growing breed.With that progress Zambia will become big again.

  4. indeed a poor start for chipolopolo U20,but alas! there is still tym,space and hope to pull back points frm the remaining Zambia.

  5. You guys who are commenting here you should comment with facts not just supporting the team and the coach
    If you had watched the game them you may have a different perspective with the trash numba is trying to feed us
    The writing was on the wall when the team was in camp losing to zanaco 5 nil a zanaco team that had useless players
    Coming to yestadays game
    The coach had no system and brains to counter the Uganda team
    The team was not going to score even we played hours of football infact the score could have been worse
    If we played a more tactical team like SA or Egypt we would have been massacred
    Let’s not praise mediocrity here I watched the game
    The last U20 had the fighting spirit not this one
    They may have some skill but this current team lacks wining brains
    Edward chilufya I could see.he was frustrated
    Going forward bring back chambeshi
    Don’t even raise your expectation that this team will deliver anything otherwise ukafwa na BP
    Lastly how can the host nation sale the t.v. rights to some app manufacturer at the expense of the beautiful game?
    FAz you are not being serous even you don’t have money
    This kwese tv app is own by some cosafa member committee

  6. This team is pathetic don’t support blindly
    I watched the game
    Let’s not praise mediocrity here
    This is not a wining team
    Numba is had no answer to Uganda
    If we played a more tactical team like SA or Egypt we would have been massacred

  7. This team is pathetic don’t support blindly
    I watched the game
    Let’s not praise mediocrity here
    This is not a wining team
    Numba is had no answer to Uganda
    If we played a more tactical team like SA or Egypt we would have been massacred

  8. Its a learning curve, we are going to pick up points from the remaining matches. The worst we might be the best losers and qualify and win the tournament.

  9. @ Tony Mash……We r building a new team after discarding the last one which did so well; we have started from scratch with the bulk of the players from Under 17! I dont see hw Kalu’s thieving football brain comes in here. Give the boys time. Unless u r God’ i dont how under 17 boys can graduate in 6 monts to b fully prepared as Under 20s! They hv another 2 1/2 yrs b4 they grow to over 19.

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