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Zambia edge past Sierra Leone to reach U23 final round

Zambia will face either Egypt or Eswatini in the next stage of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after defeating Sierra Leone 1-0 at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday.

Substitute Andrew Phiri scored the only goal in the 65th minute to give his side a 2-1 aggregate win.

Both sides played to a 1-1 draw in Liberia last weekend. The Zambians are chasing their third straight U23 AFCON qualification after making group-stage exits from the 2015 and 2019 tournaments.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Egypt host Eswatini at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, 30 October, in the second leg.

Both sides played to a barren draw away to Eswatini in the first leg as Brazilian coach Rogerio Micale kicked off his tenure with the young Pharaohs.

Egypt hosted and won the previous Nations Cup edition in 2019.

The U23 AFCON tournament will serve as a ticket for the U23 Paris 2024 Olympics.

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