Holders Zambia opens the 2017 COSAFA Under-17 Championship with game against East African guest nation Kenya on Friday afternoon in Mauritius.
The Junior Chipolopolo tackle Kenya in the 14h00 kick-off match at the Stade Saint Francois Xavier in Port Louis hoping to get the championship underway on a high note.
“Our team has just been in place for the past three weeks. We will use this tournament to look at our players so that we can prepare well for other upcoming tournaments,” Zambia coach Oswald Mutapa said.
Under new German technical advisor Andres Spier, Kenya are hopeful of going deep into the tournament.
“Our target is at least to get out of the group stage,” Spier told reporters.
Zambi and Kenya are in Group B with Malawi and Madagascar.
Only the top two teams in each pool advance to the semi-finals, with the final to be played on July 31.
Zambia’s next match will be against Malawi on July 24 while the final group match against Madagascar will be played at Stade George V in Cureton on July 26.
Meanwhile, Group A comprises hosts Mauritius, Seychelles, Namibia and South Africa.