U-17 match pushed to Friday
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THE Niger 2015 Africa Under-17 Championship qualifier between Zambia and Uganda at Nkoloma Stadium has been pushed back by a day to Friday next week.
The change of dates has been forced due to the 2014 Barclays Cup which kick starts with the quarter-finals set for Saturday next week.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said at a media briefing that the game has been pushed back to September 12 as the schedule for the league, cup and international matches was tight.
And Under-17 coach Chris Kaunda says his side will not be intimidated by Uganda despite them being a high scoring team as seen in the two previous rounds.
Kaunda said in an interview after training session at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) that the boys have a good defence and that they will contain Uganda.
“If you have followed our games, we have not conceded any goal from the time we started the Africa championship qualifiers and Uganda won’t be a threat or any different,” he said.
“We played Botswana at home we scored one goal, in the return leg we scored five unanswered goals and this can give you a clear picture of our defence and its abilities,” Kaunda said
Uganda has been a high scoring team netting five times as they defeated Seychelles 5-1 in the first round and bettered that in the second round where the saw of Rwanda 7-2.
Kaunda said his team was eager to qualify to the 2015 Niger Africa Under-17 Championship and will not allow any team to cut their journey to Niger short.
Kaunda said the team was ready and will remain focused towards their ultimate goal which is to book a place at the Africa Championship.
“The team is working extremely hard and their focus and concentration is not on any team but on how best they can qualify,” Kaunda said.
The coach said the team was in good form and were working on a few lapses that were noticed during the games against Botswana.

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