Zambia face Italy test

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Zambia clash against Italy in Monday morning’s quarterfinal final match of the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Suwon aiming to continue their history making adventure in Korea.

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.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Good luck boys!!you are our future hope!!the current senior chipolopolo team with their coach are useless as all they know is losing and drawing games nil nil!!
    You can beat Italy tomorrow if you work very hard!!YOU ARE ALREADY NATIONAL HEROES!!MAY OUR LORD GOD BLESS THESE YOUNG BOYS WHO ARE GIVING MOTHER ZAMBIA GREAT JOY AS THEY WIN GAMES!!!”GO BOLA NA LESA BOYS GO!!

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    • they played well but Fashion Sakala needs to play with others and they need a new goalkeeper

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    • Dennis Liwewe would have said we LOST WITH DIGNITY AND HONOUR. The truth though was that Italy were better tactically, coz they played in such a way that they diffused our numerical advantage over them. In the same vein, we can blame it on our coach for not knowing how to use of the numerical advantage. I think we need a psychologist in our team coz there must be something about us that makes concede many goals each time we score many. In this tournament, We must be the team that has scored most goals and also concede the most goals – That cant be normal????

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  2. All the best boys you have indeed brought pride to mother Zambia we are behind you all the way

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  3. Good luck boys . You have done a good job. We are proud of you guys. Stay blessed.

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  4. Vido, Orsolini and Dimarco for Italy; Fashion Sakala and Patson Daka for Zambia. Match ends 3-2 with Italy going through at the expense of Zambia..

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  5. offesively we had the best team in the tournamnet. Defense was too weak and gave up cheap goals and fouls. Having said that they are only kids. well played boys

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  6. Well done boys together with the techanical team. Much could have been done to establish formitable defence

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