A semi-final slot is at stake as Beston Chambeshi’s Junior Chipolopolo Boys faces Gli Azzurri in the 10h00 kick off match.
Zambia saw off Germany from the tournament at the pre quarterfinal stage while Italy eliminated France.
Zambia qualified to their debut U20 Cup quarterfinal on May 31 following a 4-3 win over Germany in extra-time in a last 16 game in Jeju.
“It is a different ball game we have to respect them but the best team will carry the day. We respect Italy and they should respect us and they have also reached this far,” Chambeshi said in a pre-match interview.
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. Both teams are playing good football but all we need is to prepare very well for the game both physically and mentally,” he said.