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Holders Zambia toil to 2019 U20 AFCON first leg qualifier win


Defending champions Zambia beat Burundi 1-0 in their 2019 U20 AFCON final round, first leg qualifier played on Saturday at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Zesco United striker Lameck Banda scored the games’ lone goal to ensure Zambia went into the final leg with a win on July 21 in Ngozi.

Banda scored the game’s lone goal in stoppage time in the second half to gave Zambia the first leg advantage and first home victory of the 2019 qualifiers following a 1-1 home draw against Rwanda on May 19 at saw Young Chipolopolo advance to he last leg qualifiers 3-1 on aggregate.

However, Banda will miss the final leg on July 21 for over-celebrating following his goal after receiving his second booking of the day in Lusaka.

Meanwhile, winner over both legs between Zambia and Rwanda will qualify to the 2019 U20 Cup finals in Niger in a February.

Zambia won the 2017 title that they automatically qualified for as hosts.


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