Beston Chambeshi says that Zambia are worthy quarterfinalists at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup and deserve to be respected.
Zambia qualified to their debut FIFA U20 Cup quarterfinal on May 31 following a 4-3 win over Germany in extra-time in a last 16 game in Jeju.
The 2017 U20 AFCON champions now face Italy in the last 8 on June 5 in Suwon hoping to continue their trail-blazing run.
“The games that we have played are not easy games and the wins we have recorded are not flukes,” Chambeshi said.
“We have fought for them and played good football all I can say is we are meeting Italy.
“It is different ball game we have to respect them but the best team will carry the day.”
Italy will be the third European team Zambia will be playing in South Korea after beating Portugal 2-1 on May 21 in an opening Group C match and defeated Germany 4-3 in the last 16 on May 31.
“We have played two European teams and we expect a tough game,” Chambeshi said.
“We respect Italy and they should respect us and they have also reached this far.
“Both teams are playing good football but all we need is to prepare very well for the game both physically and mentally.”