Zambia U20 in a must win encounter against Ghana
The Zambia Under 20 national team this evening take on Ghana in a penultimate group stage match at the Senegal 2015 CAF Africa Youth Championship.
Zambia who are on the back-foot having lost their opening match against Mali need an outright win to brighten their chances of making the semi-finals and book a ticket to the World Cup.
Ghana on the other hand we will be looking to seal their spot in the semi-finals with a win after they beat a ten man South African side in the opening match.
Coach Hector Chilombo will be without skipper Lubambo Musonda but welcomes but left back Boyd Mkandawire who missed the match against Mali due to suspension.
Chilombo is expected to name a similar line-up to the one which started against Mali with Mkandawire coming in for Benedict Chepeshi and Patson Daka coming in for Lubambo.
Zambia is expected to play a 4 4 2 formation with Mangani Banda in goal while Peter Mulenga, Mkwandawire, Kayawe Kapota and Alex Mwamba completing the defence.
In midfield, Benson Sakala is expected to keep his place alongside vice-captain Spencer Sautu, Larry Bwalya and Charles Zulu.
A lot will be expected from Patrick Ngoma and Daka who did not do enough to trouble the Malian goalie in the first game.
Zambia coach Hector Chilombo is confident his side will progress to the last four.
“We know that Ghana is strong but they are not invincible and nothing is impossible in football. We will fight for a win from the first whistle until the end of the game,” Chilombo said.
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said his charges are ready for the battle.
“It is going to be tough. We need to win to qualify and Zambia also want three points to stay in the competition,” Tetteh said.
Zambia will have to look out for Ghanaian Benjamin Tetteh who scored a brace in the win over South Africa.
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