AFCON PREVIEW:ZAMBIA (U20) V MALI (U20)

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Sports Minister Moses Mawere with FAZ President Andrew Kamanga posing with U20 AFCON Championship mascot
Sports Minister Moses Mawere with FAZ President Andrew Kamanga posing with U20 AFCON Championship mascot "Nkwazi" at Football House.
DATE: Wednesday,March 1st 2017.
VENUE: Heroes Stadium(Double Header).
KICKOFF: 15:00hrs Egypt(U20) v Guinea(U20);
                 18:00hrs Zambia(U20) v Mali(U20).
CHANNEL: Supersport 9
COACHES IN-CHARGE:
Zambia – Beston Chambeshi
Mali – J. Diara
PERMUTATIONS:All Group A teams need outright wins to secure hopes for Semi finals spots but a win for Zambia will automatically book a place for the crucial Fifa World Cup in South Korea
without a last group match to spare.
HEAD TO HEADS STATISTICS
LAST 3 MEETINGS SINCE 2012:
Zambia has never beaten Mali in over the last 5years with Mali winning twice and a 2-2 draw is the closest the junior Chipolopolo came in September 2012.
09/03/2015 Mali 1-0 Zambia(Afcon)
05/10/2012 Mali 3-0 Mali(AfconQ).
22/09/2012 Zambia 2-2 Mali( ” ).
FIFA U20 WORLD CUP RECORD:
Zambia -2007 knockout stage with 02 appearances.
Mali – 02 times Third place(1999,2015)with 05 appearances.
AFCON U20 RECORD:
Zambia -03 times Fourth Position(1991,1999 &2007) with 09 appearances.
Mali – 01 times Runners-up( 1989) with 11 appearances.
CAF RANKING(AFCON RECORD-BASED):
Zambia – 19th
Mali – 10th
LATEST FORM(Last 5 matches):
Zambia – 04 wins,00 draw & 01 lose.
Mali – 04 wins, 01 draw & 00 loses.
ZAMBIA’S LAST 5 MATCHES:
26/02/2017 Zambia 1-0 Guinea(Afcn).
16/02/2017 Zambia 3-1 Rsa( ” ).
02/2017 BarcelonaB 3-1 Zambia(Friendly).
02/2017 Fc Basel 0-1 Zambia( ” ).
01/2017 TenerifeB  0-1 Zambia( ” ).
MALI’S LAST 5 MATCHES:
26/02/2017 Egypt 0-0 Mali(Afcn).
24/07/2016 Mali 2-0 B/Faso(AfcnQ).
09/07/2016 B/Faso 0-0 Mali( ” ).
12/06/2016 Mali 4-1 Mauritania( ” ).
20/05/2016 Mauritania 0-3 Mali( ” ).
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