Zambia U17 has been drawn against hosts Morocco in Group A at the 2021 AFCON U17.
The tournament group draws were conducted today, February 24 at the ongoing 2021 AFCON U20 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Uganda and 2013 champions Cote d’Ivoire complete Group A of the tournament Morocco is hosting from March 13-31.
George Chilufya’s side will face Cote d’Ivoire in their opening Group A match on March 14, Uganda in their penultimate Group A match on March 16 and Morocco on March 19.
Junior Chipolopolo will be facing all three opponents for the first time at an AFCON U17 tournament.
Winner of Group A will play one of the two best third placed sides while the runner-up will face winner from Group B that comprises Algeria,Tanzania,Congo Brazzaville and two-time winners Nigeria- both those matches will be on March 24.
This is Junior Chipolopolo’s second tournament outing after making its AFCON debut at Niger 2015 where they made a first round exit.
The top two sides from the three groups will be joined by the best two third place finishers in the quarterfinals of the tournament that has been expanded from eight to twelve teams in this edition.
Defending champions Cameroon are in Group C with Senegal, Mali and South Africa and chasing an unprecedented third AFCON U17 title.
The top four finishers will represent Africa at the postponed 2021 FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru.
Group A: Morocco, Uganda, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire
Group B: Nigeria, Tanzania, Algeria, Congo
Group C: Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, South Africa