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Kalale confident of U-17 success

STEPHEN PHIRI & ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Lusaka
UNDER-17 national team vice-captain Changwe Kalale is upbeat the junior Chipolopolo will perform to expectation at the 2015 Niger Africa Junior Championship.
Kalale said in Lusaka on Tuesday that coach Chris Kaunda has moulded a team that could rise to the occasion in Niger.
He said players know the task at hand and will summon their energies to deliver.
“The team is preparing well and I am confident the team will perform to expectation,” Kalale said.
Kalale, who was instrumental in guiding the junior Chipolopolo to a maiden appearance at the Africa Junior Championship, will miss the tournament as he is recuperating from injuries sustained from an accident.
Kalale, national team players Satchmo Chakawa and Nyambe Mulenga were involved in a road accident in Kabwe on December 14, 2014 on their way to Lusaka to join the Chipolopolo camp ahead of the 2015 Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia are in Group A with hosts Niger, Nigeria and Guinea at the February 15 to March 1 tournament.
Meanwhile, under-17 national team coach Chris Kaunda says his charges will pull a surprise in Niger.
Kaunda said in Lusaka yesterday that Africa should brace for the unexpected as his team is eager to make an impact.
“The players are already sharp and we are just working on coordination. Otherwise, the unexpected will happen,” he said.
And Kaunda has urged players he has roped into the squad to showcase their skill if they are to make the final team.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Amajimbos are today expected in Lusaka for Saturday’s international friendly against Zambia billed for Nkoloma Stadium.
The South Africa Football Association website reported that the Amajimbos will arrive in Lusaka in the morning.

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