Zambia Under-23 goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata says they are determined to do better at the 2015 Caf Under-23 Cup after a tough qualifying run.
Fighton Simukonda’s side qualified to the Caf Under-23 Cup for the first time after a hard-fought-for final round win over Cote d’Ivoire.
Zambia knocked out Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on post-match penalties on Saturday in Lusaka after a 0-0 aggregate result.
Their journey began in the first round where they beat Botswana 3-1 on aggregate to overcome a 1-1 first leg draw.
“We are done with the qualifiers and our next target is the Olympics. It wasn’t easy to reach this far but we are determined to go further,” Nsabata said.
The Caf Under-23 Cup, to be hosted by Senegal from November 28 to December 12, will decide Africa’s three representatives at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“We will prepare well for Senegal and I will make sure we perform well and qualify to the Olympics,” Nsabata said.
Zambia has not qualified to the Olympic football tournament since reaching the quarterfinals at Seoul 1988.
Zambia are one of three teams making their debut during the second edition of the Caf Under-23 Cup together with Tunisia and Mali.
The trio will join Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and hosts Senegal in the tournament draws.