U23 national team breaks camp

THE Zambia Under-23 national team has broken camp and will regroup on Sunday.

The team on Wednesday wound up their weekly camp with double victory over a Chawama select side that they thumped 13-0.

Conlyde Luchanga showed flashes of what brought him in the limelight in national colours by scoring a brace in the first fixture, which ended 7-0, and a hat-trick in the second.

Power Dynamos’ Kingsley Mukuka also scored twice with Clinton Lubula and Bernard Kumwenda contributing a goal apiece while the seventh goal was an own goal.

In the second match, which saw Chawama select field a completely different team, there was no stopping Luchanga who scored a hat-trick, with Clinton Lubula, Musonda Siame and Kingsley Mukuka each contributing a goal.

Coach Beston Chambeshi had lined up a front-line comprising Luchanga, Mukuka, and Lubula in the first fixture while Twiza Chaibela led the attack in the second, supported by Prince Mumba and Harrison Chisala.

Kumwenda was also brought in to swap roles with Luchanga.

Chambeshi has been drilling local players ahead of the Egypt 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifier at National Heroes Stadium next month.

The return leg will be held four days later in Pointe Noire with the winner qualifying to the tournament.

The top three teams at the tournament will qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Chambeshi has excused players from clubs competing in continental matches and also foreign-based players who are expected to arrive on August 30.

According to FAZ, tickets for the September 4 clash are already selling across Shoprite outlets via Computicket.

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