Chipolopolo Under 20 coach Chisi Mbewe says they have reduced the number on the players that will be travelling to the Afcon 2023 and COSAFA Qualifier set for Eswatini next week.
“So far so good, the preparations have been going so well, a lot of competition among the boys. We have 34 players and will reduce to 24 players before we announce the final list on Monday,” Mbewe said.
He said that their first match against Mauritius would set the tempo for the team’s aspirations at the tournament.
“Our first game will be against Mauritius, which is a very important game. it will not be an easy game we just need to prepare the boys and make sure that they are ready to maximize the first game,” Mbewe said.
“It is a huge task for us to qualify to the AFCON, the most important thing for is for now us to concentrate on the Cosafa and reach the final. We have set goals and targets as the technical staff we need to first reach the finals, then we need to compete to win the Cosafa.”
He added: “We win the Cosafa and qualify to the finals then we will be assured of the AFCON place. It is not going to be easy, but we need to prepare and make sure the boys are ready for eth competition. It has been a long time since the U20 participated in the AFCON.”
Mbewe said his lads were motivated by the sweep of Cosafa silverware the Chipolopolo, Copper Queens, and Green Buffaloes women.
Zambia is in Group A alongside Eswatini, Mauritius and Botswana.