Senegal, Zambia carrying African hopes at FIFA U-20 World Cup

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The ongoing FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea brings to attention exciting football action as spiced up by Africa’s representation.

The continent is being represented by Guinea, Senegal, South Africa, and Zambia. They made it to the tournament having finished in the top four of Under-20 African tournament which was hosted by Zambia earlier this year.

Zambia is flying the African flag. (Image credit Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix)

Having reached the final of the continental showdown, Senegal and Zambia were tipped to perform at the global tournament which is still in its fresh days. In honour of Africa’s hopes, the two nations have made a flying start to the competition.

Zambia was the first to put a smile on the continent having overcome Portugal by 2 goals to 1 in their opening game on Sunday. Senegal followed suit with a comfortable 2 nil victory against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

The victories took them top of their respective groups. Zambia went top of group C which also accommodates Iran, Portugal, and Costa Rica. Senegal are topping group F, which also comprises Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and USA.

Other African ambassadors at the tournament, South Africa and Guinea made a disappointing start to the tourney with losses. The former lost to Japan in their opening game by 2 goals to 1 whereas the latter went down to the hosts, South Korea by 3 goals to nil.

Africa has a strong muscle in youth tournaments as records indicate. It has a number of global medals in the category. African champions, Zambia are expected to achieve big followed by Senegal.

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  1. ZAMBIA THE FIRST AFRICAN TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR U20 SECOND ROUND

    ZAMBIA Vs IRAN

    FULL-TIME:
    THIS IS HOW THINGS WENT AT THE 2017 KOREA UNDER 20 WORLD CUP ON WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY 2017.
    ZAMBIA VS IRAN
    1ST HALF:
    19 Minutes:
    Zambia 0-1 Iran.
    A Shekari goal in the 6th minute separates the two sides.
    2ND HALF:
    Goal Iran make it 2-0 from the penalty spot. Reza Shekari harvests a brace just after halftime.
    Zambia 0-2 Iran.
    53 Minutes:
    Fashion Sakala beautifully pulls one back.
    Zambia 1-2 Iran.
    58 Minutes:
    Enock Mwepu levels matters for Zambia with a well struck shot (I just love this player).
    Iran 2-2 Zambia.
    (Two goals in five minutes).
    64 Minutes:
    Emmanuel Banda smashes Zambia in the lead to make it 3-2.
    Zambia 3-2 Iran.
    70 Minutes:
    Patson Daka makes it 4-2 for Zambia with a rocket of a shot.
    Zambia 4-2 Iran. My favourite player Enock Mwepu heavily involved in the goal once again.
    FULL-TIME.

  2. Very doubtful. Watching Zambia under 20 thrashing Iran today, i conclude that our Malawian football now is indeed tennis. Zambia was trailing 2-0 to Iran but with determination and purpose thrashed Iran 4-2 within a space of 17 minutes. Zambia has potential in these youngsters but us kaya. Mafumu azingomwalirabe.

  3. Which Malawi u talking about…? The same Malawi that fail to beat Michiru united??? Or that Malawi Kinnah used to manage? Come on,Kulota samaletsana koma Malotedwe!!!!!!!