Beston ‘’Quicksilver’ Chambeshi’s side beat South Africa 2-1 at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenberg in a match the two sides arrived with respective 100 per cent runs.
The win is a massive boost for Zambia ahead of their hosting of the 2017 Africa Under-20 Cup in February where South Africa too will be one of two representatives from the Cosafa zone.
Kenneth Kalunga put Zambia ahead in the 11th minute after racing through South Africa’s backline to see the latter concede their first goal in the tournament.
However, South Africa equalised against the run of play in the 41st minute when Kabelo Seriba fired-in the rebound from a set-piece ball that hit the post before he punished Zambia for some poor marking to see the two sides go 1-1 into the break.
Zambia then camped in South Africa’s area for most of the second half but the hosts held out denying Patson Daka and Fashion Sakala from close range after the hour mark.
South Africa curved-in in the 85th minute when Boyd Musonda whipped in a sublime volley to seal the win and hand Chambeshi his debut win as Under-20 coach.
South Africa then gave Zambia a late scare when captain Repo Melepe,header off a free was saved by Mangani Banda.