Zambia name final squad for COSAFA Under-17 Championships

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Zambia players celebrate with trophy after winning the 2017 Cosafa Under 17 Youth Championship Final after beating Mauritius at Francois Xavier Stadium in Port Louis, Mauritius on 30 July 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Zambia have named their final squad for the 2018 COSAFA Under-17 Championships as they seek to retain their title in the regional competition in Mauritius from July 19-29.

The side will be led by coach Tenant Chilumba as Oswald Mutapa, who was originally handed the reins by the Football Association of Zambia, remains under suspension by COSAFA for another month for his role in the age-cheating incident in 2016 competition that saw Zambia disqualified.

Chilumba has named a number of players that are young even by the standards of this age-group, including 13-year-olds, defender Bisalom Mwanza and midfielder Richard Ngoma.

The oldest player in the group is 17-year-old goalkeeper Phillip Malunga.

Chilumba has selected just three out-and-out strikers in Enock Sakala, Vincent Kalinda and Collins Tembo, but the side carries plenty of goalscoring threat from the midfield.

Zambia have been handed a tricky group in 2018 with fellow regional heavyweights South Africa, Mozambique and Lesotho.

Only the top team in each pool and the best runner-up advance to the semifinals.

The winner of this year’s title will qualify for the African Under-17 Championships that will be staged in Tanzania next year, which in turn serve as qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Peru.

All players competing in Mauritius must undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in order to determine whether they fit the criteria to compete in the Under-17 tournament.

Zambia fell foul of these rules in 2016 when two players, Nicholas Mulilo and Benjamin Phiri, failed the MRI examination and the side was disqualified after the group stages.

Zambia final squad

Goalkeepers: Phillip Malunga, Iford Mwale

Defenders: Billy Maipenzi, Lackson Tembo, Morgan Botha, Vincent Chate, Benson Simwanda, Bisalom Mwanza

Midfielders: Bernard Bwalya, Steven Mungomena, Kelvin Mwanza, Richard Ngoma, Toffee Musariri, Peter Chikola, Lasmond Phiri, Alex Miyanda Mwiinga, Daniel Tembo

Strikers: Enock Sakala, Vincent Kalinda, Collins Tembo

Source:Cosafa

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    • Just from names I have seen 3 bantu botatwes (Billy Mapenzi, Allez Mwiinga & Steven Mongomena), 2 North Westerners (Peter Chikola & Phillip Malunga), and 1 Shona (Toffee Musariri) so it not true that the team selection was tribal.

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  1. Let ’em play! This is different! In soccer we, know how Zambia fares! Go away, far away please maybe to Namwala!

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