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U20 AFCON: No title defense as champions Zambia are booted out by Burundi

Burundi 3 – 0 Zambia (Agg; 3 – 1)

The Zambia U20 National Team has been knocked out of the race to the Niger 2019 Under Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a humiliating 3 – 0 defeat away to Burundi which sees them lose 3 – 1 on aggregate.

This means that the African Champions will not be defending their title at the next finals.

Burundi went ahead in the 44th minute and scored twice in the second half to ensure the result was beyond the visitors.

Zambia were 1 – 0 victors at home where they struggled to break down the Central Africans and only managed to score late in the game through a well taken shot by Lameck Banda.

Banda did not travel with the squad after he was red carded in the home tie.

Coach Charles Bwale’s (assisted by Perry Mutapa) charges have failed to replicate the form shown by Beston Chambeshi’s class of 2017 that lifted the Africa Cup and qualified to the World Cup in South Korea.

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