UNDER 20 coach Beston Chambeshi says he will strengthen the team that just won the COSAFA tournament to start preparations for next year’s U-20 AfCON.
In an interview, Chambeshi said although the COSAFA winning team had a lot of talent and strengths, it needed to be strengthened further in some areas.
He said he would also meet with Zambia Under-17 coach Mumamba Numba to see which players from the junior side could be drafted into the U-20 team.
Chambeshi would also call two European based youngsters – Nchanga Rangers sensational midfielder Emmanuel Banda from Portugal and Numba Mwape from Spain – respectively.
“I am calling ex-Nchanga midfielder Emmanuel Banda from Portugal. I am also calling attacking midfielder Numba Mwape from Spain. I am going to meet Numba Mumamba on which U-17 players to include but I cannot name them yet,” said Chambeshi who further praised the teamwork and fearlessness the boys exhibited at the COSAFA last week and hoped to transform that regional performance on to the continental stage.
Meanwhile, young defender Moses Nyondo has received praise from his club Nkana after an outstanding showing with the 2016 COSAFA Under-20 winners Zambia.
Nyondo was a key member of the Zambia Under-20 national team that beat hosts South Africa 2-1 on December 16 in this year’s final of the tournament held in Rustenburg.
The teenage defender plays for Nkana’s junior side Young Nkana in Kitwe.
Young Nkana coach and ex-Zambia defender Billy Mwanza said they were very excited to have produced a COSAFA Under-20 champion.
“I am happy for him, his hard work has paid off but he is still learning and has a bright future,” said Mwanza.
“It is also a great honour for the team and the bench and it is a great achievement for us.”
Nyondo played in four out of five matches en route to lifting an unprecedented 11th COSAFA Under-20 Cup title.
He featured in Zambia’s opening game on December 7 in a 5-1 win over Zimbabwe, a match where he also scored his only goal of the tournament.
Nyondo also played in the 3-0 win over Malawi but was rested for the formality 2-1 victory against Mozambique.
The young player returned for Zambia’s 2-1 semi-final victory over DR Congo and later the final against South Africa.