The Zambia Under-17 national team has been booted out of the 2018 Cosafa Castle Cup capping a nightmare 48 hours of youth football after the Under-20 were also eliminated from the Niger 2019 qualifiers.
Zambia suffered a 2-1 loss to South Africa ending their interest in the tournament they won last year.
The defeat also means Zambia cannot compete for the Tanzania 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia got their goal through Vincent Kalinda while South Africa hit back through Thando Butelezi and Boitumelo Radiopane to top Group B.
Coach Tenant Chilumba’s side have left the tournament after drawing 0-0 with Mozambique, defeating Lesotho 1-0 and losing 2-1 to South Africa.
The results for the junior teams are an anti-climax to last year’s form that saw Zambia win the Under-20 Africa Cup and Cosafa Under-17.