Zambia have clinched the first ticket from Africa to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, after clinching back-to-back victories in their opening two games at the CAF Africa U-20 Cup of Nations.

The continental tournament hosts, who saw off Guinea and Mali to book their place in the semi-final stage, end a ten-year absence from the global finals, having last attended Canada 2007. Their journey to the Far East will be the Chipolopolo’s third trip to the U-20 World Cup, having debuted in 1999, with their last-16 appearance a decade ago their best performance to date.

They join 16 teams from Asia, Europe and South America who had already booked their place prior to the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations’ kick-off, with all four semi-finalists earning a place in Korea Republic. The other four places will be made up from participants at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which is also on-going.

The Official Draw for the U-20 World Cup will take place on 15 March.