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.”

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  1. Beston
    These boys have what it takes to win the title.What u need to do is apply some tactics specific to our defence which is our weakest link.I would prefer you change game plan because we have conceded goals In ALL the games we have played so far which is worrying.Restrict your anchor man Boyd to do more defensive work and cover the defence or sacrifice one of the wingers for a compact midfield.
    All the best to the boys.


  2. I agree with suzinho..we need to improve on our defence..Italians are good when it comes to defensive play and when we concede first they can switch to defensive play and time wasting..better we start on a high note press for early goals and control the defence to the fullest


  3. Remember how Zambia thrashed Italy during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. This game could still go Zambia’s way.


  4. Chambeshi said he has bean an angrie man since 1988 after germany beat zambia now zamb:ia beat italy aame time maybe now italy wants to revenge tefyo bane



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