The U20 national team in Zambia are about to wrap up the sides’ second week of their preliminary 2023 U20 AFCON training camp in Lusaka. 

This will be Zambia’s first time back at the U20 AFCON after winning it as hosts in 2017 that later saw the team reach the FIFA U20 World Cup quarter finals in South Korea. 

There were 36 players who entered the first week of training camp although 30 remained this week as Head Coach, Chisi Mbewe’s charges intensified early preparations for the U20 AFCON that Egypt is going to host from February 18th to March 12th.

Chisi confirmed overseas call-ups including winger, Richard Ngoma of Maccabi Netanya in Israel, midfielder, Miguel Chaiwa of young boys in Switzerland and striker Peter Chiklola from Croatian club, Gorcia. However, the local training camp does not include any foreign-based call-ups.

The coach said: “We are yet to be given the number of players we are expected to remain with and waiting for regulations from CAF that is the reason why we still have 30 players in camp”.

In October, Zambia qualified for the U20 AFCON after winning the 2022 COSAFA U20 title, where they kicked out Mozambique after a 1-0 victory in the final which took place in Eswatini. 

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