Kafue Celtic striker Francisco Mwepu leads the 24-member Zambia U20 national team named by coach Osward Mutapa for the U20 COSAFA Championships.
The young brother to Chipolopolo midfielder Enock Mwepu has been in fantastic form for his club scoring seven goals in the Eden University/FAZ National Division One league. The Young Copper Bullets will be looking to win their first title on home soil as they are hosting it for the third straight time.
The 24-member squad is a blend of first-timers and also stars that were elevated from the under-17 tournament-winning squad in 2017 in Mauritius who have participated in the last two editions.
Zambia will open their campaign on December 4 with a tie against Botswana at Nkoloma Stadium before taking on Comoros three days later at the same venue and will conclude their group matches with a tie against Malawi on December 9.
The tournament will be staged in Lusaka from December 4-14.
Prince Bwalya (Green Buffaloes), Flobby Mashakalati (Nchanga Rangers), Iford Mwale (Vector FC)
Crawford Mwaba (Maestro United), Golden Mafwenta (Zanaco), Vince Chate (Young Power Dynamos), Justin Mwanza (Young Nkana), John Chishimba (Zesco United), Isaac Kazembe (Ndola United)
Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Golden Mashata (Green Buffaloes), Chanda Mukuka (Gomes FC), Patrick Gondwe (Young Nkana), Elliot Kampukesa (Nchanga Rangers), Musonda Kalale (Chambishi FC), Thomas Zulu (Kafue Celtic), Muma Mumba (Green Eagles), Kangwa Sinyangwe (Gomes FC), Kelvin Mwanza (Maestro United), Felix Banda (Young Napsa Stars)
Francisco Mwepu (Kafue Celtic), Jimmy Mukeya (Young Napsa), Ricky Banda (Jumulo), Jonathan Munalula (Roan United)