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Kalu happy with U-23 Championship

ZAMBIA Under-23 national team players at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka yesterday before departure for Senegal. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

FOOTBALL Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya has praised Senegal for the good organisation of the Africa Under-23 Championship which kicked off yesterday.
Kalusha said in an interview on Friday evening that the organising committee has done a fantastic job.
He said all the logistics are in place for the event, which is also a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
“They [Senegal] hosted the Under-20 Championship early this year. I think we are relying much on that experience,” he said.
Kalusha is vice-chairman of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) African Under-23 Championship organising committee.
And Kalusha has urged the under-23 national team not to relent in their quest to secure a slot at the Brazil games.
Kalusha told the players after a training session at Leopold Senghor Stadium on Friday that their dream of qualifying for the Olympic Games could be turned into reality if they remained focused.
“We should fight and play our game. We have to run because our target is to qualify for the Olympics,” Kalusha said.
The 1988 African-footballer-of-the-year said it is an honour for Zambia to be among the eight teams in Senegal.
“We have a number of players from the under-20 like Benedict [Chepeshi], Boyd [Mkandawire], Spencer [Sautu] and others but this is under-23 national team. I think they have grown and a lot of things have changed now. It’s good to see them coming through to play at a higher level,” he said.
Kalusha said the Olympic Games dream is attainable because Zambia’s players are determined and disciplined.

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