Zambia’s dream of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil is over after losing their second consecutive match at the 2015 CAF Under-23 Cup in Senegal.
The Junior Chipolopolo on Tuesday evening lost 3-2 to South Africa to exit the CAF Championship where top three teams will qualify for the Rio Olympic Games.
Zambia conceded three second half goals in a space of seven minutes as South Africa came from behind to overcome their COSAFA region rivals.
Fighton Simukonda’s side led after 35 minutes with Lusaka Dynamos youngster Conlyde Luchanga netting a superb goal after finishing off a Spencer Sautu cross.
But South Africa turned the game on its head after the break with three goals in the 46th, 51st and 53rd minutes inked by Menzi Masuku and Gift Motupa who grabbed a brace.
However, Zambia never gave up easily as defender Billy Mutale reduced the deficit to 3-2 when he finished off Lubambo Musonda’s corner after 72 minutes.
This result means that Zambia cannot advance to the semi-finals of this CAF Championship as they lost their opening Group A match to Tunisia via a 2-1 score-line.
Zambia last took part in the Olympics football competition in 1988.