U-20 fit for Afcon battle

AfCON battleCHIPOLOPOLO Under-20 national team doctor Mwila Lupasha has declared the team’s striker Lubambo Musonda fit for the first game against the hosts Senegal on Monday during the 2015 Africa Youth Championship.

Lupasha said the team was okay except for the usual knocks that occurred during a friendly match against Senegal played at the Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium on tuesday.

He said Lubambo, who limped off in Tuesday’s game, was now okay and would be fit for the first game against Mali on Monday.

“The team is okay and had a successful training session last evening. As the team doctor I am happy that all players are injury free,” he said.

Lupasha said the team was fine as all players were fit and ready to take on the challenges ahead.

And coach Hector Chilombo says he is happy with the level of mental preparedness that his team has exhibited during training.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday after the Chipolopolo Under-20 lost 1-0 to the hosts Senegal in a barometer friendly match Chilombo said his team picked a lot of positives from the loss, saying he was happy with the level of mental preparedness that his team exhibited during the friendly match.

“The game exposed us our strengths and weaknesses. The weaknesses we saw will be addressed, while the positives will be maintained and enhanced” Chilombo said. Yesterday, the team shifted camp from Dakar to the city of Mbour, 80 kilometers south of the Senegalese capital.

The Chipolopolo have been lodging at the Ocean hotel on the banks of the Atlantic Ocean.

The team, which arrived in Dakar on Saturday, moved into Hotel Filaos which is the official residence for the Zambian youths during the 2015 Africa Youth Championships.

Zambia is in Group B with Mali, Ghana and South Africa. On Monday, Zambia will take on Mali at 19:30hrs at the Caroline Faye Stadium in Mbour.

TP Mazembe midfielder Rainford Kalaba has described his club’s 2015 Caf Champions League first round clash against Mamelodi Sundowns next weekend as a meeting of giants.

The DR Congo side will face their second South African opponents just two years after they were eliminated from the same competition in 2013 by Orlando Pirates at the pre-group stage.

“It will not be an easy team to beat because they have almost all the great players in South Africa and they are playing good football at the moment,” the Zambia captain said.

Mazembe, unlike Sundowns, enjoyed a preliminary stage bye from this year’s Champions League.

Sundowns beat St Michel of The Seychelles 3-0 on Saturday to advance 4-1 on aggregate to the first round.

Meanwhile, the four-time African champions will visit Sundowns in the first leg in Pretoria on March 14.

Mazembe will later host the South African champions on April 5 in Lubumbashi.

Winner over both legs will play victor of the first round tie involving Mangasport of Gabon and Malian champions Stade Malien in the pre-group phase next month with the first leg set for the weekend of April 17 while the final legs will be played between May 1-3.

– supersport.com

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