Zambia U23 became the first team to qualify for the 2019 U23 AFCON that Egypt will host this November after holding hosts Congo to a 3-3 away draw in Pointe Noir today.

Beston Chambeshi’s side advanced 5-4 on aggregate following a 2-1 first leg victory on September 4 at Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

But Zambia had to rally twice to ensure qualification after Kambo Mbenza had put Congo ahead from the spot in the 15th minute and Jacques Temopele scored another in the 77th minute.’

Enock Mwepu netted a brace after equalizing in the 33rd minute to see the two sides go 1-1 into the break while Patson Daka the other after the restart.

The 2017 U20 AFCON champions dream continues on their penultimate hurdle with an eye on their ultimate target, the 2020 Olympics.

But Zambia must first ensure they finish in the top three at the U23 AFCON finals to reach their final destination ,Tokyo.

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    • Zambian players should stop waving hand on their heads, what is meaning of that? And changes the goal celebrations of fake prayers, just waste 5 precious time after scoring thus give chance to opponent to regroup.
      And its is unfair for referees because they can’t interrupt a prayer. Stop those 2 things first, just make you more and more lazy.
      Heeesh I watched so many lazy players ….


  1. Comment:hop’s this group to give us a wonderful victory one more time…the squad gut no doubt to each other and that gives them cooperation and good deserving
    results. congrats


  2. Egypt have been handed a tough draw as they bid to reach the men’s Olympic football tournament for a twelfth time in Brazil next year.

    They will face Algeria, Mali and Nigeria in Group B of the Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal from 28 November to 12 December.

    Hosts Senegal will play South Africa, Zambia and Tunisia in Group A.



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