THE U-17 national soccer team has done the nation proud by qualifying for the first time to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-17 Championships, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has said.
Kalu congratulated the junior lads for qualifying to the Africa cup in Niger next year by securing a 4 – 1 aggregate win over Uganda. .
“I want to congratulate U-17 coach Chris Kaunda and his troops for a job well done. The team has done Zambia proud. To go away from home and get a result is never easy,” he said.
Kalu said he had great expectation from the junior lads adding that FAZ would build on from where the team had reached.
“The boys can go on to have good careers with discipline and hard work. We want to thank everyone who has been involved for us to achieve this milestone,” he said.
Kalu said this was the first time the Zambia junior team was qualifying to a CAF U-17 end Tournament.
And the Ugandan football authorities have formally complained to the Confederations of African Football (CAF) over the ages of three Zambian players; Patson Daka, Enock Mwepu and Changwe Kalale.
The match commissioner for the game informed FAZ in Uganda about the protest.
He however said the three could play since the issue was being looked at by CAF, adding that he needed to take a photo of the boys before the match.
Delegation leader Lee Kawanu confirmed to FAZ online about the development, saying he was not worried about the protest.
“We are not concerned in the least as it is clear that they have just targeted our most influential players in an attempt to unsettle them but it will not work; in fact the boys are even more determined to inflict more damage on them,” Kawanu said.
Two weeks ago Uganda doubted the age of Zambia’s captain and scorers of the first goal Patson Daka when Uganda lost 2-0.