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Chilufya gets COSAFA call-up

THE Zambia U-20 Cosafa team has been hit by an injury setback with midfielder Niza Simutenda ruled out of the tournament with a fractured arm.

Team manager Mwansa Kapyanga told Fazfooball.com that Simutenda will be replaced by Sweden based Edward Chilufya.

Chilufya, who is with Djurgardens, is still eligible to play for the U-20 national team as he is 18 years old.

The Mphande Youth Academy product was part of the Cosafa U-20 and Africa Cup winning sides at U-20 level, with an added accolade of being at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea where Zambia reached the quarter finals.

Zambia has been drawn in Group A at this year’s championship along with Swaziland, guest nation Uganda and Malawi.

They open their campaign against the Ugandans at the Arthur Davies Stadium on December 6, before a clash with Malawi at the same venue two days later.

The African champions will close their pool play with a fixture against Swaziland at the Nkana Stadium on December 11, with just the top team in each group advancing to the semi-finals, along with the best-placed runner-up.

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