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.

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  1. JUST come back EL is not feeling well, its un african , unculture to PLAY football when your Dad is admitted in Hospital

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    • Oh Please!!! Imagine what would be of the world if people were to stop work just because someone is ill. That from you sir signals laziness. Just leave the boys to play their football.

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  2. …The game was really highly technical and an eye opener to Janza.

    Why do I say Janza? Because three of the boys he took the the recent AFCON in Guinea featured. Lubambo, Ngoma and Sautu. Also Chris Zulu that boy who relegated Katong to the bench also played.

    If these boys fail to play against their fellow under players, one wonders what they can do with the senior team.

    Janza should stop the habit of building an already existing team. Renard left a team, where is it?

    Let these boys belong to U-20, period. There time will come after they even play for under 23.

    What is the rush?

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    • Zambia plays well using 4-2-4 formation. Also, let the boys play on the ground and not those aerial balls against tall Malians.

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    • Hey…the team that Renard left expired. We are building another one. Zambian players expire so easily

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  3. Defeat was expected.If football was measured on how well the team played…well we could be coming out numbala one every day.

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  4. Like I say Zambian football is going nowhere…we need a sober honest review of ourselves…you can not progress with blood thirsty mosquitoes overseeing football at Football House.
    Wake up!!

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    • @jay jay…when zambia wins, its showers of blessings, zambian football is going forward….. and all sorts of positive comments. When zambia loses…zambian football is going nowhere. It is the type like you that are very unprogressive. Ranting without thinking……………………..

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  5. All da teams at dis tournament are using their usual colours used by senior Natonal team.But Zambia is using a rejected paramilitary uniform which is no near 2b called a jersey.

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  6. Hector Chilombo did not appear to have a game plan. Why were our boys giving the ball away so often. Why play high balls when non of them is reaching the target. Also the level of panic whenever they faced the goal. Missing the whole ball with only the keeper to beat,, awe sure!!

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  7. Let John Barnes be employed as Technical Director of all the Teams and Coach of the Senior Team. I stopped watching the Chipolopolo immediately Janza was appointed Coach. Those people doning the national Team Shirts are not the best players in Zambia.

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  8. I watched the game and so, my own analysis is that we there was too panic both in front and at the right full back .Therefore, just forget about this Africa cup we are not going anywhere .

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  9. If loud mouthness was the déterminant, our teams would always be tops. Somebody needs to tell those coaches that matches are won on the pitch and not through PR.

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  10. Players were declared injury free. Lose is part of the game, we must accept defeat and progress to another match and try to win it. Never loss hope.. Go gooo juniors 🙂

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    • @ Kajimaano….Why should we always be losers?? Its good to accept defeat but not 90% of that. How do you accept to be failing in class most of the times? If you fail once, you need to pull up your socks.

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