Zambia kicked off their 2015 CAF Under-20 Championship outing with a 1-0 loss to Mali in the two nations opening match played at Stade Caroline Faye in Mbour on Monday night.
Alassane Dialllo scored the lone goal through a free kick in the 73rd minute.
The Junior Chipolopolo had suffered a setback early in the 21st minute when captain Lubambo Musonda limped off with an ankle injury and was replaced by Patson Daka.
Coach Hector Chilombo started with Mangani Banda in goal while the defence was marshalled by Peter Mulenga, Benedict Chepeshi, Alex
Mwamba and Kapota Kayawe.
Larry Bwalya played in the midfield together with Benson Sakala, Spencer Sautu and Lubambo.
Chilombo put faith in two strikers Patrick Ngoma and Charles Zulu.
After the loss to Mali, Zambia is now third in Group B after leaders and favourites Ghana thumped South Africa 2-0 in the other group match.
Zambia takes on Ghana in their next match on 12th March before facing South Africa three days later.