Defending champions Zambia made significant headway in the 2019 U20 AFCON qualifiers today after beating Rwanda 2-0 away in Kigali in a first round, first leg tie.
The match was the 2017champions entry into the qualifiers after enjoying preliminary round bye.
Striker Francesco Mwepu hit the target twice in the 33rd and 77th minutes against ten man Rwanda.
Mwepu is young brother of Chipolopolo midfielder and 2017 U20 AFCON winner Enock Mwepu.
Meannwhile, the hosts were reduced to ten men when Protais Sinambiwe was red carded in the 59th minute for an off the ball incident on midfielder Lameck Banda.
Zambia now need a home draw on May 19 in Lusaka to advance to the final qualifying round in July to face Burundi or Sudan who drew 1-1 just next door in Bujumbura this afternoon.
Juma Mohamed put Burundi ahead in the 23rd minute but that lead lasted just four minutes when Sudan shared the spoils through Abdel Salam.