Zambia coach Chisi Mbewe says they will be going all out to secure a win in their TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations clash with group leaders Gambia in Alexandria on Friday.
The Young Copper Bullets have a tough assignment when they play the Group C leaders at the ongoing tournament in Egypt.
The COSAFA champions rallied to secure a 1-1 draw against Benin in their opening match while the Young Scorpions needed a late Alagie Saine header to down Tunisia and send them to the summit of standing.
Zambia hosted and won the TotalEnergies U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2017 but failed to qualify for the 2019 and 2021 editions in Niger and Mauritania.
“It won’t be an easy game for both teams,” Mbewe said at his media conference. We will do everything to win.” he said while talking to CAF MEDIA.
The Young Copper Bullets second half performance against the Cheetahs of Benin is one of the positives for the former U-17s coach.
“We did not have a good game overall against Benin but the last minutes of the last game showed what we’re capable of doing,” Mbewe said.
“The players must transcend themselves, tighten the lines to win. To have more chances of qualifying, we must secure the three points.
Forward Rickson Ng’ambi who scored the equaliser believes his team will have solutions when they take on Abdoulie Bojang’s Young Scorpions.
“We will listen to the coach to implement the strategy to be put in place,” Ng’ambi said.
“There is a good atmosphere in the group, we are in a magnificent hotel. We want to stay in Egypt until the end of the tournament”.