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Kaunda, Ugandan coach upbeat

ZAMBIA under-17 national team coach Chris Kaunda (left) giving tips to his players during training at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday. - Picture by CHANDA MWENYA.

By ELIZABETH CHATUVELA and DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO
ZAMBIA under-17 national team coach Chris Kaunda has declared his charges ready for tomorrow’s 2015 Niger Africa Junior Championship last round first leg against Uganda.
And the Uganda under-17 national team arrived in Lusaka yesterday with coach Mathias Lule declaring they are on a mission to conquer.
“We are 100 percent ready for Uganda. We want to qualify for the Africa Junior Championship finals,” Kaunda said.
He said in Lusaka yesterday that the team is injury-free and looking forward to the match billed for Nkoloma Stadium.
When reminded that Uganda beat Zambia 3-1 on aggregate in 2010 before the Confederation of African Football disqualified the East Africans for using an overage player, Kaunda said that was then.
“That was another team that played them [Uganda] and we are another team,” he said.
Zambia massacred Botswana 6-0 over two legs while Uganda pummelled Rwanda 7-2 on aggregate.
And Lulei in an interview at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, said he has respect for the junior Chipolopolo but that his side is ready for war.
“Zambia is a strong side, they eliminated Botswana, but that is Botswana. Uganda is Uganda. We respect Zambia but I am sure they also respect Uganda,” he said.
Lulei, however, was reluctant to give a detailed interview, saying he will do so after watching his boys in training today.
The Ugandans, who arrived at 16:00 hours aboard a Kenyan Airways flight, were received by Football Association of Zambia employee Janet Bwalya.

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