Cranes shot down

THE Zambia U-17 national soccer team yesterday beat the Young Cranes of Uganda 2-0 in the 2015 Niger Youth Africa Cup of Nations championship at Nkoloma Stadium.

The young Chipolopolo opened the score in the 27th minute of the first half through Patson Daka who created too much trouble for the Cranes in their own half.

The Cranes could have conceded more goals but poor finishing by the young Chipolopolo saved them from humiliation.

The young Chipolopolo  played a well-coordinated game, threatening the position of under-performing senior players in the national team.

The combination of Enoch Mwepu, Siawanga Pumulo and Musonda Siame was deadly, unlike their seniors who were humbled by the unpredictable Cape Verde on Wednesday.

The junior Cranes forced the game to go on the break with Zambia leading by a slender one-nil.

Coach Chris Kaunda made a tactical substitution which saw the second goal come through.

In an interview after the game, Kaunda said his aim was to qualify the team to Niger 2015 youth championships.  He said discipline was paramount for success and that his boys played according to instructions.

The junior Chipolopolo travel to Uganda next week to see if they can complete their mission for Niger 2015.