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Junior Chipolopolo arrive in Korea

The Zambia U-20 men's national football team has arrived in Jeju, South Korea ahead of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup which starts this weekend.

The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) through its official website, fazfootball.com, reported that the Junior Chipolopolo jetted into Jeju International Airport at 22:06 (16:06 GMT) on Wednesday.

“The team has arrived in Jeju. We touched down at Jeju International Airport at 22:06 local time. The team has already checked in at the Hyatt Regency Hotel,” confirmed FAZ Communications Manager Desmond Katongo.

The African champion's arrival in South Korea follows a two week residential training camp in Spain where they played practice matches with the juniors sides of Tenerife, Deportivo Marino and Las Palmas.

In their three practice matches, they recorded two victories and a draw, scoring nine goals while conceding only two in the process.

A 3-0 Victory over Tenerife was followed by a 2-2 draw with Deportivo Marino while the training camp was concluded with an emphatic 4-0 win over Las Palmas.

Before the training camp in Spain, they participated in the four nations invitational Adidas U20 International Tournament in which they won Silver after defeating Ecuador and Honduras, and losing to hosts and eventual champions South Korea.

Beston Chambeshi’s men who won both the COSAFA U20 and African U20 championships without defeat will now focus their attention on Portugal, Iran and Costa Rica - their Group C opponents for the FIFA U20 World Cup.

The match with Portugal will be played on 21 May at the Jeju World Cup stadium as will the fixture with Iran on 24 May.

The final group match with Costa Rica will be played at the Cheonan Sports Complex on 29 May.

The full squad which arrived in Jeju is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Mangani Banda (Zanaco), Samson Banda (Zesco United), James Phiri (Lusaka Dynamos);

DEFENDERS: Moses Nyondo (Nkana), Edward Tembo (Gomes), Prosper Chiluya (Lumwana Radiants), Solomon Sakala (Napsa Stars), Shemmy Mayembe (Zesco United), Benson Chali (Forest Rangers), Boston Muchindu (Nkana);

MIDFIELDERS: Ngosa Sunzu (Hapoel Rana’ana/Israel), Musonda Siame (Kafue Celtic), Harrison Chisala (Nkana), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow/Russia), Enock Mwepu (Napsa Stars), Emmanuel Banda (Esmoritz/Portugal), Kenneth Kalunga (IFS/Denmark), Boyd Musonda (Zanaco);

STRIKERS: Conlyde Luchanga (Lusaka Dynamos), Edward Chilufya (Mphande Youth Academy), Patson Daka (FC Liefering/Austria)


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