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U20 stars upbeat about world cup campaign

The Zambia U-20 Men’s Football Team stars have talked up their chances at the FIFA World Cup Korea Republic 2017 that commences on May 20.

Speaking to, Portugal based midfielder Emmanuel Banda who has been with the team since the U-20 Africa Cup campaign said the team will not be intimidated by any side.

“We are not intimidated by any team because we play the same sport, football is played on the pitch, so once we get there we will do what we do best,” said Banda who occasionally lights up the show with long range strikes.

The calm natured lad says that the African champion status would be a boost rather than a hindrance for the team’s ambitions in Korea.

“Being champions is not a pressure for us; it is a boost for us. We are going that side as African champions, like we came into the Africa Cup as Cosafa champions, that was a very big boost for us,” he said.

“Now going into the world cup, we know we are going there as underdogs, we have to play to our best.”

The Esmoritz teenage star says playing in Portugal may give him some insight into the European side’s style of play when they face each other in a Group C game on May 21.

“I would say playing against Portugal will be a tactical game. I play in Portugal so I know how most of the guys there play, even the junior teams play almost the same,” he said.

And midfielder Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu said the African champions were ready to do duty in Korea.

Mwepu said the team was aware of the high expectations of the nation having bagged the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil.

The team is scheduled to fly out for a training camp in Spain prior to heading to South Korea.

Zambia is Group C alongside Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran with the opening fixtures on May 21 against the European side.

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Date: 27/05/2017 Time: 10:00 Fifa U20 World Cup Costa Rica 1 0 Zambia Cheonan Sports Complex
Date: 24/05/2017 Time: 10:00 Fifa U20 World Cup Zambia 4 2 Iran Jeju Stadium
Date: 21/05/2017 Time: 07:00 Fifa U20 World Cup Zambia 2 1 Portugal Jeju Stadium
Date: 12/11/2016 Time: 17:00 World Cup qualifying - Africa Cameroon 1 1 Zambia
Date: 09/10/2016 Time: 14:30 World Cup qualifying - Africa Zambia 1 2 Nigeria Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Date: 04/09/2016 Time: 16:30 Afcon 2017 Qualifiers Zambia 1 1 Kenya
Date: 24/06/2016 Time: 18:00 2016 Cosafa Cup Zambia 0 1 Namibia Sam Nujoma Stadium
Date: 21/06/2016 Time: 18:00 2016 Cosafa Cup Lesotho 2 3 Zambia Sam Nujoma Stadium
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