ZAMBIA U-20 national soccer team will face Guinea in the first match of the U-20 AFCON scheduled for next month. According to a fixture schedule released by FAZ yesterday January 17, 2017, the Beston Chambeshi tutored side will begin their quest to glory at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium against the West Africans at 15:00 hours on February 26, 2017. The second match of the tournament will be between Mali and North African Giants, Egypt, at the same venue on February 27.
Meanwhile, Senegal and Sudan will play in Group B’s opening game at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola at 15:00 hours followed by South Africa and Cameroon at 18:00 hours at the same venue. The second round of matches will also be played as double headers with Group A matches taking place at the National Heroes Stadium on March 1, 2017 while Group B matches will take place at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on March 2, 2017.
Final Group A matches will be played simultaneously at both venues on March 4, 2017 with Zambia taking on Egypt in Lusaka while Mali and Guinea will face off in Ndola.
Group B concludes on March 5, 2017 with Senegal taking on Cameroon in Lusaka a match which will be played simultaneously with the match between Sudan and South Africa in Ndola. Winners and runners-up from both groups will progress to the semi-finals scheduled for March 8 and 9, 2017 in Lusaka and Ndola respectively. The third place play off and the final will be played on March 12, 2017 in Lusaka.