Zambia beat The Mambas Mozambique 3-0 to move on be step closer to securing their first CHAN qualification since 2009.
The win at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday means Zambia need just a draw away n Maputo on October 24 to ensure they end a seven-year hiatus from the competition they missed in 2011 and 2014.
All three goals came in the last 15 minutes of the second half to hand Zambia a comfortable advanatge into the final leg on October 24 in Maputo.
Winston Kalengo headed in the first goal in the 77th minute off a Spencer Sautu cross.
Three minutes later, 18-year-old Lusaka Dynamos striker Conlyde Luchanga, who replaced Festus Mbewe in the 69th minute, made a dream debut when he headed in the second off a Charles Zulu cross.
Sautu completed rout with a fine volley in the 90th minute.
A draw this coming Saturday in Maputo will see Zambia back at CHAN since winning Bronze at the inaugural tournament hosted by Cote d’Ivoire in 2009.