Zambia Down Uganda to Inch Closer

The Young Chipolopolo of Zambia posited a 2-0 win over their Ugandan counterparts in the first leg final round clash of the African U-17 Championship Niger 2015 qualifier on Friday at the Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka.

Nchanga Rangers forward, Patson Daka and Edwin Chipile scored in either half to give the Zambians a first leg cushioning and remain in pole position to qualify for the final tournament.

The Ugandans, the surprise packets at this round were without skipper, Andrew Isiagi, a student at the Carlisle Academy in the United States, and are hoping he will be available for the return leg in a fortnight.

The visitors were unsuccessful in their attempt for even a consolation after Charles Ssebutinde, Emmanuel Olinga and Alex Komakech fumbled at the opportunities that came their way.

Captain Daka broke the deadlock on 27 minutes before Chipile made victory certain with the second goal on 61 minutes.

Despite the two-goal deficit, Uganda coach Matia Lule is upbeat his charges can overturn the result in the return leg on September 27 in Kampala.

“Zambia is beatable and we shall polish on goal creation and conversion in training for a better return leg,” Lule told after the game.

The winner will qualify for the final tournament scheduled for 15 February – 1 March next year in Niger.

The semi-finalists at the continental championship will represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup fixed for 17 October – 8 November in Chile.

Source : Confederation of African Football

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