Zambia smashed Mali 6-1 to reach the 2017 U20 AFCON semis and qualify to this May’s FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea.
Beston ‘Quicksilver’ Chambeshi’s side is the first team at the tournament to reach the last four of the competition Zambia is staging from February 26 to March 12 and also pickup one of the four Africans tickets to South Korea.
A brace each from Edward Chilufya and Fashion Sakala plus a goal a piece from Enock Mwepu and Emmanuel Banda sent Zambia through to the March 8 semifinals.
However, Mali gave Zambia an early scare after Abdoul Dante headed-in the ball to give the West Africans the lead in the 3rd minute.
But their lead lasted just four minutes before Sakala nodded in the equaliser.
Banda then fired in a breathtaking volley from halfway inside Mali’s area in the 25th minute before Mwepu added the third in the 39th minute.
Chilufya them added two quick fire goals in the 49th and 52nd minutes before Sakala put the result beyond doubt in the 67th minute.
Zambia win Group A on maximum 6 points with a game to spare and wait to know their semifinal opponent from Thursday’s Group B matchups in Ndola.
Egypt, who face zambia in their last Group A match on March 4 in Lusaka, are second on two points while Guinea and Mali have a point each in 3rd and last respectively.