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Zambia U23 face South Africa U23 in must-win derby

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It is D-Day for Zambia at the 2015 CAF Under-23 Cup on Tuesday when they clash with South Africa in the two sides derby showdown in Group A in Dakar.

Zambia and South Africa head into their penultimate Group A match following 2-1 and 3-1 defeats on Saturday at the hands of Tunisia and hosts Senegal respectively.

A defeat will almost certainly end Zambia’s semifinal dreams and ambitions of making it to their first Olympics since 1988.

Zambia must win on Tuesday to take a vital result into what is expected to be tricky final Group A game against Senegal on Friday.

The top two teams from the two groups of the eight-team tournament advance to the semifinals where Africa’s top three teams to represent the continent at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil will be decided.

And Zambia will be boosted by the arrival on Monday night of midfielder Lubambo Musonda who missed the Tunisia game due to a league commitment with his Armenia club Gandzasar on Sunday.

Lubambo’s arrival could also bring some much-needed creativity to a midfield that lacked a commanding playmaker.

Questions have been raised as to whether Fighton Simukonda should have gambled on inactive Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Mukuka Mulenga or Kelvin Mubanga of Power Dynamos who were part of the qualifiers.

Zambia meanwhile, will be without striker Patrick Ngoma who has a leg injury sustained on Saturday while Ronald Kampamba , who scored the lone goal over the weekend, is fit after limping off in that match.


  1. Its true there is no hope. The game against Tunisia was the deciding game for Zambia. Secondly, the team selection was bad. How do you leave evans KANGWA, mbola, Charles zulu and mukuka Mulenga sure? Faz and the coach mafi.

  2. Let us not be arm chair critics but go to Dakar to support the team. Other countries have done sobut Zambia had less than 5 supporters there.

  3. I agree with general that the selection of players to national team remains suspicious.Surely how do you leave regular goal scorers at club level Moses Phiri,Walter Bwalya and pick bench warmers at club level Friday Sam?The goal keeper Toaster Nsabata is rubbish.We ve better players that could ve easily defeated Tunisia.The two defeders wing backs are also suspects.Where is Billy Mutale?The midfielder Jack Chirwa is useless,in fact is the one who led to a second goal for Tunisia because of his poor ball control.

  4. we are on course we can do it especially that corrupt Mutafu has resigned as treasurer. Go ZAMBIA GO. KALUSHA 2016. PIVORTY SIMWANZA 2016. HAPPY MUNKONDYA 2016. SHENKO 2016. RICKS MWEEMBA 2016. VOTE FOR THEM BALEISA

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