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Zambia U17 national team head Coach Mumamba Numba and his technical bench will embark on a countrywide talent search for the next U17 national team.

According to him the 30 players selected from the Coca-Cola Schools Championship last month were just part of the process of picking the final national team that will have its eyes on competing in qualifiers for the 2019 Tanzania Africa Cup.

Numba has laid out a plan that will cover selection across the 10 provinces with players outside school also factored in the selection process.

“The technical bench decided to commence trials during the week of 16.10.2017 to 22.10.2017 in midlands and Copperbelt whilst coordinators from the remaining eight provinces must select 11 players from goalkeeping to number 11,” Numba told

“During the week of 10.12.2017 to 17.12.2017, all selected teams from 10 provinces will have to report for further assessment in Lusaka,” he added

50 players will be picked and subjected to an MRI scan at the end of the trials.

“We shall then select a pool of 50 players who must have passed MRI Test since some of them are school pupils so that when duty calls we will be picking from the above stated number for residential camps,” he said.

Zambia currently has no U-17 national team with the lads that won the 2017 Cosafa Championship in Mauritius elevated to U-20 level.

The technical bench is looking to working with boys that will be eligible for the 2019 U-17 tournament to be hosted by Tanzania when qualifiers begin in 2018.

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