U23 Face SA In AFCON Opener

The Zambia Under-23 National Team begin their Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations journey with a tie against regional rivals South Africa at Al Salaam Stadium in Cairo this evening (Saturday).

Zambia has been holed up in Cairo for a week and have been hard at work plotting to write another chapter in the Bola-Na-Lesa diary.

Coach Beston Chambeshi will be without the trinity of Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka and Enock Mwepu whose clubs have held on to them until the FIFA window.

But Chambeshi has enough armoury in the Bola-Na-Lesa squad to get on with the business.

While he has been shuffling his troops in training it is expected that Mangani Banda will start in goal with the twin towers of Moses Nyondo and skipper Solomon Sakala marshalling the central defence.

Completing the backline will be Prosper Chiluya and Shemmy Mayembe.

In the engine room Chambeshi could opt for the combative Field Kandela along Ngosa Sunzu or opt for the more mobile Emmanuel Banda.

Upfront the onus may lie on the inimitable Edward Chilufya and Kings Kangwa while Biston Banda and Lameck Banda could be deployed on the flanks.

Chambeshi will not be without options should he want to tinker with his set up with Harrison Chisala a possible potent option in attack while at the back he could still summon Kebson Kamanga and Benson Chali.

But South Africa will not be a pushover having also grown its team from the under-20 side under then coach Thabo Senong who has now trekked to Lesotho to drill that country’s senior team.

The Tercius Malepe skippered South Africa is equally motivated to give their fans a strong start.

Kickoff is at 20:00 hours at Al Salaam Stadium.

In the other Group B match Nigeria take on Ivory Coast in the 17:00 hours kickoff at the same match venue.

Group A opened the tournament with Egypt edging Mali 1-0 while Ghana and Cameroon settled for a 1-1 draw.

Top two teams from each group qualify to the semi-finals with the top three teams at the tournament qualifying to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

(Source: FAZ Media)


  1. chusi bee

    let’s do it boys it’s our time to lift the trophy like in 2017 afcon u20 .go Zambia go bola na lesa boys we love you.

  2. mr i 100%

    Waiting to watch you guys.wish you all the best of lucky

  3. Alex Mwanza

    Always wishing you all the best our dear ones.

  4. Jacoroida


  5. Chief mumbo

    Mr or Miss Jacoroida the answer is no because ZNBC is no longer Zambian broadcast but the owners are Chinese So you can’t watch Zambian football team in ZNBC

    • Kennedy Kangwa

      I wish you all the best go Zambian go chipolopolo go and shut them plz go go go ooooooo chipolopolo!!!!!!!.

  6. nineo

    Good luck to the guys and bring home the results needed. Not just the Afcon Cup but achieve more than the 1988 Olympics team and get the Gold Medal! Well done Team Zambia!!!!

  7. HOMMIE 24

    znbc is a dead chanel like barosteland…it only lives in the past

  8. Iden chakolwa

    Go zambia go like in 2012

  9. Roberto Carlos

    Ba Mambo, by your name, one knows the part of our country u originate from. Football brings us pamo as a nation. We av had enough of this. Bola na Lesa boys, we are behind you!

  10. Kelly's

    Wishing you all the best guys

  11. Clement mwapaz

    What time is chipolopolo praying please

    • muzo

      Boss, u mean praying or playing? kick off time is 20:00hrs.

  12. clint

    Zambia lose

  13. Mr Pages

    Best wishes


    kabiyeni baice mukawina

  15. Elias

    you the best guys

  16. Dr Fonicks

    Bola na Less guys. Let’s give moral support. Football cuts across all over. We just hope Znbc televise the game live. Mr. President, Edgar Chagwa Lungu, tudabwisheniko by televising this mouth watering game alive. We know you can do it. Moral support is all we need. Our boys can do it.

  17. Go guys, you have won this trophy before. Even bring it home and play to sale yourselves you are a great if only you play as a team. Lepauleni amasumbu.

    Go guys you have won this trophy before. Even now you can do it and bring it home.
    Remember to play as a team and also play to sale yourselves, you are a great team if you only play as a team, Lepauleni amasumbu.

  18. Zambia mupondo

    Zambia Vs South Africa #AFCONU23 Kick Off: 20:00hrs Live stream:مشاهدة-مباراة-جنوب-إفريقيا-وزامبيا-بث All the best boys!

    مشاهدة مباراة جنوب إفريقيا وزامبيا بث مباشر بتاريخ 09-11-2019 بطولة أفريقيا تحت 23 سنة | كورة 4 لايف – KOOORA4LIVE

  19. Mumba Jefferson

    How did the match end if they have played. Or any updates please..

  20. Roberto Carlos

    The game was played yesterday nite, what are the results? Twebeniko!

  21. Promise

    South Africa 0-0 Zambia

  22. Roberto Carlos

    Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat by Ivory coast

  23. Martin .j.nyondo

    ZNBC fail to televised games between southafrica & Zambia, znbc is not Zambian channel .

  24. Dunamis

    Zambia Malasha
    Bola Na Lesa Tiyeni Nayo Guyz

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