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Under-23 confronts Ivory Coast in CAF U23 Cup qualifiers

Sports Under-23 confronts Ivory Coast in CAF U23 Cup qualifiers

Zambia on Saturday continue fighting for a place at the Senegal 2015 CAF U23 Championship when they face Ivory Coast away in Abidjan in the first leg match of the final qualifying round.

The match is scheduled to kick off at 17h00 Zambian time.

The West Africans were on bye from the previous round where Zambia saw-off Botswana via a 3-1 aggregate score-line.

There is no much room for errors as Zambia and Ivory Coast renew their rivalry at under-23 level.

“We just have to be focused against Ivory Coast so that we can qualify for the Senegal championship.

Our aim is to qualify for the championship,” Zambia left winger Kelvin Mubanga said.

Coach Fighton Simukonda has carried five strikers to Abidjan with thehope of scoring in the away match.

Forwards Moses Phiri, Patson Daka, Patrick Ngoma, Friday Samu and Ronald Kampamba of Egyptian side Wadi Degla are all available for selection.

The Lusaka return leg is scheduled for July 31 in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, the top three teams at the Senegal CAF Championship finals will qualify for 2016 Olympics Men’s football tournament.

Goalkeepers: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows)

Defenders: Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Kayawe Kapota (Nkana), Benson Sakala (unattached), Bernard
Mapili (Zesco United)

Midfielders: Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Mukuka Mulenga (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Mubanga (Power Dynamos), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows)

Strikers: Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Patson Daka (Nchanga Rangers), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), Ronald Kampamba (Wadi Degla)

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