Winning the U-20 AFCON was the ‘best feeling’-Luchanga
12th March 2017 will always be a special day in Zambian football as the Zambia U20 national team made history by lifting the U-20 AFCON trophy barely five years after the senior team conquered the Continent in Gabon.
Beston Chambeshi’s squad was one of the best-assembled junior teams and one of the players from that team is Forest Rangers forward Conlyde Luchanga.
Luchanga told the ZamFoot Crew in an exclusive interview that winning the tournament was one of the best feelings of his life.
The ‘Golden Boy’ revealed that the players put in extra effort because they knew what they wanted and winning the tournament was all they focused on.
“It was an amazing experience for me, I felt the best feeling had never felt in a while,” Luchanga said.
“It was something we were all looking forward to. The preparation was very well planned and we all knew what we wanted just from the start.”
“We were all close, Personally I was very close to everyone. I think what made that group special was the love, unite, and love for God that we all had,” he added.
The former Hapoel Raanana forward revealed that he knew from the start that the ‘Bola na Lesa’ Boys would lift the trophy.
“Solomon Sakala was a huge influence, He was the leader on the pitch,” he said
“Yes I had the belief we were going to win it from the word go,” he added.
Zambia beat Senegal 2-0 in the final to win the country’s first and only U-20 AFCON trophy and went on to reach the quarter-finals of the U-20 World another first for the country
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