Zambia under 20 men’s coach Beston Chambeshi has described Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over Senegal to lift the trophy as a sweet victory.
And Senegal Coach Joseph Koto was forced to address the suspicions of juju around his team.
In a post match press conference, Chambeshi said that Zambia was now looking forward to parading its talent at the World Cup in South Korea.
Chambeshi’s side overcame Senegal 2-0 with goals coming from Patson Daka and Edward Chilufya handed Zambia the top prize.
“It is a sweet victory, it is for the country, we are investing a lot in youth football, the level we have reached shows we are moving in the right direction,” he said.
“I am happy with the way the Zambians came out in numbers to support the team. It is beautiful to be the winners of the trophy.”
Chambeshi paid tribute to the thousands of fans that had thronged the Heroes Stadium to support the team.
“It is good to win at home especially when you are playing before such a crowd and then you win,” said Chambeshi who also doubles as Lumwana Radiants coach.
“It is nice; I thank the boys for the job well done. It was not easy to play Senegal; it is a strong team with a good coach. I am happy to be part of the winning team.”
And Koto parried away accusations of his team using juju to win games saying that if it worked his side would have triumphed over Zambia.
He however extended his congratulations to Zambia for lifting the trophy.
“In football, there is always a winner and a loser. Zambia could not make it in 2015 but in 2017 they have made it. Who knows where 2019 will take us,” Koto said.
The four semi finalists will wait for the draws on Wednesday for the 2017 Fifa World Cup with the tournament kicking off on May 22.