Zambia’s U23 National Team coach, Osward Mutapa, is confident that his team can turn the tables on Egypt and qualify for the TotalEnergies U23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Morocco 2023. Despite a 2-0 deficit from the first leg, Mutapa believes that his team has worked on their mistakes and maintained a positive attitude ahead of Sunday’s third-round second leg qualifier against Egypt.
Mutapa expects a tough game but believes his team is up to the task. He thinks that if they can get some positives from the first leg, they can qualify. Zambia captain Prince Mumba called the first leg the first half and promised fans a good second half.
Egypt coach Rigorio Micale acknowledged that Zambia is a strong team and that his team will not rely on the first leg result but will treat Sunday’s match as a one-legged affair. His captain, Mohamed Mohamed Haythem El Maghrabi, also warned against underrating Zambia, saying that they showed how tough they were in the first leg.
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The winner of Sunday’s match will secure a place in the U23 AFCON final tournament, where the top three nations will also be guaranteed a place in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. The match will take place at the Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Zambia, with kick-off scheduled for 18h00.