AFCON bound U20 set for West Africa friendlies

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) says it has organized three international friendly matches for the Zambia Under 20 Football team against Nigeria and Senegal.

FAZ General Secretary Adrian Kashala has announced the under 20 team who are set to attend the Egypt 2023U-20 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for February 19 to March 11th 2023 will play Nigeria on January 27th and 30th January before proceeding to play Senegal on February 2nd 2023.

This is according to a Press Statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka by FAZ Communications Manager Sydney Mungala.

“Preparations for the AFCON are firmly underway, we have organized three friendly matches for our under-20 boys which will see them play two matches with Nigeria and one with Senegal,” he said.

Kashala further disclosed that the team preparations for the tournament have intensified with the team currently in a local camp and that the team will later be camped in North Africa to allow them to acclimatize to the weather conditions.

“Coach Chisi Mbewe and his bench has been drilling 29 players in a local camp that has entered week two. In the final stage we will have the team camped in North Africa to fully acclimatize to the conditions that will prevail during the tournament” he added.

Zambia last participated at the U20 AFCON in 2017 on home soil where they lifted the crown and qualified to the FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.