Please join us in congratulating the Chipolopolo Boys for their tremendous achievements on all fronts, there is a bright future for Zambian Football!
FIFA Statement released on their website:
Zambia have clinched the first ticket from Africa to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, after clinching back-to-back victories in their opening two games at the CAF Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.
The continental tournament hosts, who saw off Guinea and Mali to book their place in the semi-final stage, ending a ten-year absence from the global finals, having last attended Canada 2007. Their journey to the Far East will be the Chipolopolo’s third trip to the U-20 World Cup, having debuted in 1999, with their last-16 appearance a decade ago their best performance to date.
They join 16 teams from Asia, Europe and South America who had already booked their place prior to the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations’ kick-off, with all four semi-finalists earning a place in Korea Republic. The other four places will be made up from participants at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which is also on-going.
The Official Draw for the U-20 World Cup will take place on 15 March.
Mutheliso from Zambia said, “Proud of this U20 side and what they have achieved. Fresh from winning the regional Cosafa U20 in December they are now heading to the Fifa U20 World Cup after reaching semi-finals at continental level.Who knows what they can achieve before going to South Korea? I personally wish for them to be the U20 Africa Cup of Nations champions.”