Zambia Under-20 beat South Africa2-1 in a junior international friendly at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.
Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi and his counterpart Thabo Senong were using the friendly to fine-tune their respective sides ahead of their participation in the 2017 U20 AFCON that Zambia will host from February 26 to March 12.
Zambia took a 1-0 lead into the break through an Enock Mwepu header in the 27th minute in a period the home side’s dominated.
The hosts later benefited from a fortunate second goal fraught with errors right in front of an onlooking FIFA referee Stanley Hachiwa in the 68th minute.
Edward Chilufya clearly controlled the ball with his hand as he bared down on South Africa’s goal before the ball fell into the path of defender Aghmat Ceres who inadvertently guided the ball into his own net amidst protests.
Liam Jordan then cut the lead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot to see the two sides finish by the same scoreline they produced in the 2016 COSAFA U20 cup final last December in South Africa.
Zambia are in Group A with Egypt, Guinea and Mali and will be based in Lusaka.
South Africa will in Group B play Cameroon, Senegal and Sudan in Ndola.