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Chilfuya Delighted With COSAFA U17 Champions Winning Start

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Coach George Chilufya is pleased that Zambia has taken control of the 2020 COSAFA Men’s Under-17 Championship in South Africa.

The revised regional junior championship is now a four-nation, round-robin event after four teams were expelled for entering overage players on Friday.

Zambia opened a two point lead with three points after beating Angola 2-1 in the opener on Sunday at the Gelvandale Stadium in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“The first game is always important. It is good to start on a positive note because you never know how the other teams will fare in the remaining matches,” said Chilufya in a post-match interview.

“This win will give us confidence, it will raise our morale. I am sure the boys are aware of the task ahead of us because the journey has just started.”

The Young Chipolopolo’s next match is against Malawi on Tuesday.

“I have emphasized to the boys to remain focused and to keep their heads cool,” said Chilufya.

Malawi and South Africa are second and third on the table after two sides settled for a 2-2 draw in the late kick off match on Sunday.

The top two finishers will meet in the final on November 29 and both qualify for the 2021 AFCON U17 in Morocco.8

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