Munamba Numba names the provisional U20 Zambia squad for COSAFA

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 19:36

Zambian U20 coach Mumamba Numba has named a 45 provisional member-squad that will compete at the 2017 COSAFA Castle Cup in Kitwe next month.

Numba has named the bulk of players from the 2017 U17 Cosafa Castle Cup winning squad while others have been added from the pool that participated in the U17 Africa Cup Qualifiers in 2016.

According to, team manager Mwansa Kapyanga released the names and the team iss expected to assemble for camp on Sunday in Lusaka.

Zambia will want to defend the COSAFA crown they lifted under coach, Beston Chambeshi last year in South Africa.


Danny Sikanyika (Lusaka Dynamos), Ben Mwale (Zanaco), Bradley Mweene ( LusakaYouth Academy), Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes), Emmanuel Mphasi Emmanuel Mphasi (Golden Celtic)


Jack Chisha (Young Zesco), Justine Mwanza (Young Nkana), Poncilio Kapampa (Kabwe Warriors) Hillary Mwiinga (Red Arrows), Joseph Phiri (Kamwala Academy), Kasonde Mulenga (National Assembly), Chrispin Kawezya (Malalo Police), Andrew Phiri (Kafue Celtic), Jonathan Kapelembe (Romeki), Victor Kasokola (Konkola Blades), Godfrey Mwila (Kamwala Academy), Christopher Katongo (Kasama United Youth), Kingsley Hakwiya (Kansanshi High School), Dalitso Banda (Young Zanaco)


Jonathan Tembo (Gomes), Dauti Silwimba (Young Zesco), Kelvin Kapumbu (Lumwana Radiants), Godfrey Chanda (Green Buffaloes), Ngosa Sunzu (Napsa Stars), Kunda Nkandu (Zanaco), Musonda Kalale (Chambeshi FC), Mukuka Chanda (Gomes), Harry Milanzi (Young Green Buffaloes), Benson Kolala (Nchanga Rangers), Jimmy Hamanzuka (National Assembly), Niza Simutenda (Mphande Youth Academy), John Mulalangabo, Michael Kafusha (Kasama United Youth), Muma Mumba (Zamcoal Diggers), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Clinton Lubula (Kabwata Dynamos), Alex Bulaya (Nakambala Leopards)


Lameck Banda (Nkwazi), Gamphani Lungu (National Assembly), Martin Njobvu (Nchanga Rangers), Christopher Phiri (Kafue Celtic), George Nyimbili (Young Zanaco), Damiano Kola (Zanaco), Francisco Mwepu (Chambeshi FC), Paul Mwachisemu (Kafue Celtics)

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BFA: Botswana won’t participate in U20 COSAFA Cup

Staff Reporter

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 15:00

The Botswana national under-20 side will not be participating in the 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup.

Zambia are set to host the youth tournament which is scheduled for Kitwe between December 6-16.

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) has made a decision to take a gap year from the regional competition.

The association released the following statement:

A statement read: “Botswana Football Association National Executive (NEC) has made a decision to take a gap year from the COSAFA Under 20 championships. NEC’s position is that the Under 20 is at a level where the direction of our football should be taking a shape.

“However, NEC’s evaluation shows that recent performances do not positively define our direction. The vision of the NEC is to have an Under 20 Team that competes more than participates. The Technical Department has been tasked with using development structures to groom a team that will compete with a long term goal in mind.

“The BFA’s Strategy demands that there should be a long term plan that will see a team that should be able to compete at the 2018 Africa Zone 5 games and in the same year compete in the 2018 COSAFA under 20 championships. We believe that this same team should compete to qualify for the African and World Under 20 Championships in 2019 and ultimately qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

“The decision to take a gap year will help create a pool of players and prepare our self to achieve the set milestones in line with our Strategy as well as that of the Botswana National Sports Commission of 2028.”

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Uganda and Egypt to appear as U20 COSAFA guests

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 06, 2017. 19:30

Egypt and Uganda have been invited as guests for the upcoming U20 2017 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Zambia next month.

Egypt will grace the U20 Championship to be played in Kitwe, Zambia from December 6-16.

COSAFA announced in a statement on Friday that the Pharaohs and the Cranes will be guest teams at the regional youth competition.


“North African powerhouse Egypt will be sending their crop of youngsters along with East African side Uganda, who have made great strides in senior football in the last few years,” COSAFA stated.

This will be Egypt’s second trip to Zambia after making a group stage exit during the 2017 U20 AFCON in March.

Meanwhile, the games will be played at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium and Nkana Stadium whilst the draw for the group stages will be held next week, with the 12 teams to be placed in three groups of four teams.

COSAFA announced that the group winners will then advance to the semifinals along with the best runner-up.

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COSAFA happy with Zambia’s preparation for U20 tounament

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Oct 29, 2017. 11:00

COSAFA have announced that the tournament’s U20 hosts, Zambia, is almost ready to host this year’s U20 Championship.

The COSAFA U20 Championship will be staged in Kitwe from December 6-16, with games scheduled for Nkana Stadium and Arthur Davies Stadium.

COSAFA Chief Operations Officer, Sue Destombes said some teams may be accommodated in Ndola, saying Kitwe alone cannot host the 14 nations expected to compete at the tournament.


The Junior Chipolopolo are the defending champions of the annual Southern African youth championship.

“We have not finished our exercise but let’s put it that we are 90 percent there,” said Destombes.

“We are very fortunate that we have got two stadia that are regularly used for Premier League football and CAF Champion League.

“There are very nice facilities in Kitwe but they can’t take all the teams. We may have to put some teams in Ndola.”

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Botswana and co. set for 2017 U20 COSAFA Cup

Staff Reporter

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 12:00

The 2017 Under-20 COSAFA Cup Championships are set to take place in Zambia in December.

Botswana will be among the Southern African countries which are expected to participate in the regional tournament.

Zambia will get a chance to defend their U20 COSAFA Cup trophy after defeating South Africa in last year’s final.

Botswana finished at the bottom of Group A after losing all of their games in a tournament which was hosted by South Africa.

COSAFA released the following statement of their official website ahead of the tournament:

“The 2017 COSAFA Under-20 Championships are set to light up Zambia from December 6-16 in what will be the latest instalment of the vital regional tournament that has been a breeding ground for so much Southern African talent down the years.

“The tournament will be staged in Kitwe as defending champions Zambia seek to retain the title they won in South Africa last year, the start of a magnificent run for the side that saw them also later crowned African champions and star at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea.

“They will likely have a new wave of talent for the coming tournament, as will most sides in the region as they look to build for future continental finals. In that regard, the COSAFA Under-20 Championship is vital and has played its part in its many guises down the years, a statement read.

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FC Metz capture Gambian U20 skipper – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 17:00

French national first division side, FC Metz have signed Gambian international U20 skipper Ablie Jallow on a five year deal.

Reports reveal that the Gambian completes his switch from Metz’s official partner in Senegal, Generation Foot, who he helped win the league last season.

The BBC website reports that Generation Foot’s coach Olivier Perrin was delighted with the move and remains confident the 18-year-old will do well.


“One of his strengths is his vision during the game, he’s always able to anticipate what will happen,” Perrin told the Metz website.

“He’s comfortable with the ball at his feet, it’s beautiful to see him play.

“He has also improved his finishing this season.”

Jallow initially joined the Senegalese outfit on loan in 2015 from Gambian club Real de Banjul before the deal was made permanent last year.

He joins his former Generation Foot teammate and Senegal U20 striker Ibrahima Niane at Metz after he signed for them over the weekend.

Niane was the top scorer last season for the Senegalese champions.

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Zambian youngster Banda rejects Portuguese giants FC Porto – 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup

Emmanuel Banda of Zambia challenged by Abdoul karim Dante of Mali during the 2017 Total Zambia U-20 African Cup of Nations match between Mali and Zambia at Heroes National Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on 01 March 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 18:00

Zambia Under-20 international Emmanuel Banda has turned down Portuguese giants FC Porto and joined Belgian First Division A club KV Oostende.

The promising midfielder, who played for Zambia at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in South Korea, has been on the books of Portuguese club S.C Esmoriz.

Oostende released the following statement after signing the youngster.

“The Zambian U20 international Emmanuel Banda (19) signed a contract until 2020. He is from the Portuguese Esmoriz and chose KVO above the Portuguese top club FC Porto.

“Emmanuel Banda played last season at Esmoriz, a club in a lower Portuguese division. He was also active with Zambia at the World Cup U20 and won the Africa Cup U20. There he noted himself with a fabulous goal against Mali. He also scored against the U20 in Germany.

“Banda He immediately came across several clubs, and was even close to a transfer to Porto Porto’s top club. However, it is KVO who managed to pull this talent.

“The Zambian is a game maker who stands out with his step technique and vista. At KVO, he is now given the opportunity to develop in full.

Welcome to our weireldploegsje Emmanuel,” the statement read.

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