Former Zambia defender Mordon Malitoli has warned that not all members of the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup winning squad are ripe to play for Chipolopolo.
Malitoli, a Nkana legend, emphasised that not all youngsters can play for the Senior National Team right away.
“It will be a joke to replace the entire national team with under 20 boys,” Malitoli said in Kitwe.
“Some of the youngsters can be introduced in the senior team. Not all can play in the senior team but some,” he said.
The elusive 1994 Africa Cup silver-medallist could not single out players he thinks can play for Zambia.
Malitoli also saluted the youngsters for winning the Africa Cup.
“The boys did well. I think they have given us a big base where we can pick national team players.”
Zambia were on Sunday crowned Under-20 Africa Cup champions after beating Senegal 2-0 in the final at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Coach Beston Chambeshi’s boys won the Africa Cup with a perfect record.
Zambia overcame South Africa 1-0 in the semifinals after beating Guinea 1-0, Mali 6-1 and Egypt 3-1 in the group stages.