Unbeaten Zambia triumph to lift U20 AFCON title

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Zambia are the 2017 Under-20 AFCON champions after downing Senegal 2-0 in the final at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Beston ‘Quicksilver’ Chambeshi’s side lifted the title with a one hundred percent record after winning all their four games and are also unbeaten 11 successive official matches since the team was constituted last August.

Goals from Patson Daka and Edward Chilufya added the Under-20 title to Zambia’s honours roll after the senior teams 2012 Africa Cup triumph in Gabon.

Daka put Zambia ahead in the 17th minute after benefitting from some poor goalkeeping my Lamine Sarr who spilt the ball into the striker’s path and the striker ruthlessly finished it off with ice cold precession.

Sarr was again at fault for the second goal in the 33rd minute after some poor communication with his defender when he rushed out of his area.

The goal was credited to Chilufya although replays show Sarr and the defender nearest to him may have conceded an own-goal.

Shenanigans then manifested just before the hour mark when African football’s darkest side stole the spotlight briefly when Ibrahima Niane and his colleagues seemingly planted juju in the Zambia goal.

Referee Thierry Nkurunziza defused the situation and also booked Ibrahima Ndiaye for his role at the scene of the crime but Zambia were in cruise control heading into the last 30 minutes despite Senegal push for a comeback.

Meanwhile, Zambia now become the 4th host country to win the Under-20 title after Egypt in 1991, Morocco in 1997 and Ghana in 1999.

Chambeshi and his charges now take a month off before regrouping in April ahead of their trip to Suwon for the 2017 FIFA U20 world Cup that South Korea will host from May 20 to June 11.

The draws will be made on May 15.

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31 COMMENTS

  1. Just like in politics people who use juju or satanic method fail to rule in Zambia because we are a blessed nation.

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    • No on cares. Celtic played rangers here. That matters.

      Who cares about this. I wish nothing good of anyone following this.

      Thanks

      BB2014,16

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    • I really enjoyed the juju moment… It was hilarious! Senegal should more of that in Korea. I don’t see any difference with praying like the styupid gospel songs of Zambian team does, gathering around ” bayawe bayawe”.

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    • @Bemba man, chickala cho.. Let me send you akalumba to prove you wrong.
      You tell me those PF thugs surrounding Edgar are holly? If your prayers get answered why stampede over beans?
      Stop annoying me fi PF, nomba nakulamilowa fye.

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  2. Thank u guyz u ve shown de continent dat we ar bst & no juju in Zambia congratulations cup yasala.

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  3. LT, Junior Chipolopolo has won all their five games and not four as you put it. Check your facts.

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    • Ba @CriticalVoice, Mushota is not a girl. She is a Drag Queen. There are rumors going round though that it’s a transexual

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  4. And when we pray people laugh at us. They is evilness in this world and with prayer the boys have conquered.

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    • You woke up early in the morning today been a Sunday to go to church, you came out the same you are immune to God’s word, you going to church is just routine, uli chinkula, umwana wamu chani, am sure you don’t even know your dad, guess it was dark and he was darker than a Senegalese from dakar.

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    • @ Abigail, whatever you call yourself, the only problem you have is that you are steeped in superstitions and full of witchcraft. Even yourself holds the same beliefs. God is neither Zambian nor Bemba. He is a God for everyone. even those you support cud be worse than nothing but sadists and satanists hiding in the name of Catholics. the outward symbol one portrays may not depict the inward reality of how Christian or unchristian one may be. even the perceived JUJU the Senegalese may have been accused having used may not be true.

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  5. Comment:No juju formed against Gods children can prosper.Never worry about someone who uses witchcraft cause one day it wont work..
    #Congrats U20
    #Patriotism
    #Proud

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  6. congrates to da boys.ni bola na lesa.no matter what senegal wanted to do our almight had opened da door for young chipolopolo.imagine da boys were ever no their knees.oops boys u have made my day.

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  7. congrates to da boys.ni bola na lesa.no matter what senegal wanted to do our almight had opened da door for young chipolopolo.imagine da boys were ever no their knees.oops boys u have made my day.

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  8. The problem with Africans is that we are so gullible. Who here has ever seen juju working in front of their eyes. Some one throws something ati juju kikik. Keep cheating yourselves juju is just the imagination of people and a belief passed on from generation to generation. It is used by witch doctors to make money from gullible ignorant chaps. This is just mere u20. I will only respect Zambian football when we reach world cup quarter final. Till then keep working hard. It seems under pf we have lost ambition

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  9. Congratulations Chipolopolo boys God bless you. Indeed you have brought back the good old memories of Zambian soccer. Thank you young chipolopolo boys for making Zambia proud at last. Keep up the hard work. Seol is next. Good wishes to FAZ for organizing a good tournament. However there is a lot work still in the security arena whose ugly face manifested again during the games.

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  10. Under PF two cups so how’s the ambition lost. It’s up the players to perform regardless of who’s in government. DRC do very well even though there’s virtually no government there.

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  11. FROM THE RECORDS ON PAST TOURNAMENTS IT SEEMS ITS A MUST WIN FOR THE HOST NATION OF UNDER 20 BECAUSE THE RECORDS HAVE SHOWN SO, SO IT WAS A WELL KNOWN THING THEN. NO BIG DEAL ANYWAY NIBOLA CHEEEE..IYI.WHY KALUSHYA WAS AT THE STAIUM I THOUT AK CHASED HIM
    Senegalese players would like to challenge “Mwine wa nshima” now that they lost the championship to OVER AGE zambian players. The fact is congrats still though i expect FAZ to petition the results to CAF for a senegalese using JUJU. THe results need to be cancelled and a neutral venue selected for a rematch. Their is no champion yet, zambia is just warming up the cup , we need a rematch due to JUJU. Chawamila imwe muka wina you dont petition and complain , show sportsmanship complain to CAF and declare no winner , who knows that JUJU…

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  12. Anyoko you right in some way. Me also feel final should be between Guinea & Zambia. I hear Guinea has petitioned citing juju transfers in the Semi final game. As the case go to constitution court of Witchcraft, Senegal are out until case desposal. In the mini time tornament can not be cancelled, Zambia play Guine this morning. Technically, Zambia has gone through again coz they beat Guine earlier on. So the match commissioners have indicated that let Zambia continue cerebrating even when the game with Senegal is canceled. Congrats U20 you made us a weekend though you won the Cup the first game of the tornament. You might not be perfect but the spirit you have shown is enough to visualise a world cup coming home. Also be careful with those cheap proffessional arrangement am hearing;…

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  13. Well done young Chipolopolo; you have made us extremely happy! Congrats to the passionate Benson Chambeshi and his entire technical bench, FAZ and the Ministry of Sports; keep up the good work and God bless Zambia!

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