Friday, July 1, 2022

U16 Boys Attract Georgia Topflight Side Test

The Zambia Under-16 Boys National Team will tomorrow (Sunday) play an international friendly against Georgian National League side FC Lokomotiv Tbilisi.

The team is currently in Georgia where they have played two matches at the UEFA U16 International Development Tournament, and Lokomotiv Tbilisi requested for a friendly after they were left impressed by the young boys’ performance at the tournament.

The tournament had its format tinkered after Saudi Arabia failed to pitch at the UEFA instigated youth tournament.

Kick-off for the match at Lokomotiv stadium will be at 12h00CAT.

Zambia U16 coach Aaron Kawangu has welcomed the friendly and says it will increase the experience levels of his players.

“It’s a very serious game. Before coming here, we planned for three games and this friendly game has replaced the match that we were supposed to play against Saudi Arabia. This game has provided an opportunity for all players to at least play for 90 minutes,” Kawangu said.

“Locomotiv Tbilisi has one of the richest histories in their academy and following their history, we are hoping to get a very good game from them as we all know this is about development and the most important thing is to have the boys play and get them exposed at the highest level.”

In the first tournament match, Zambia drew 1-1 with hosts Georgia but lost 4-3 on penalties before posting three past Azerbaijan in the 3-1 win at the GFF Football Academy in Rustavi.

The young Chipolopolo have four points, followed by Georgia with two while tailenders Azerbaijan have zero. They now await the result of the championship decider between Georgia and Azerbaijan on Monday.

A loss for Georgia will confirm Zambia as champions.

Note: According to the tournament rules by UEFA, if the scores are level at the end of normal time, no extra time will be played, but kicks from the penalty mark will determine the winning team, with five penalty kicks for each team and a sudden death system if the scores are still level.

Three points are awarded for winning in normal time, no points are awarded for losing in normal time, a point is awarded for losing on penalties and two points are awarded for winning on penalties.

This means that Zambia got a point from the Georgia match while Georgia settled for two points. Following yesterday’s results, Zambia now has four points, Georgia two, and Azerbaijan zero.

(By FAZ Media )

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