The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Organising Committee, Amadou Diakite, arrived in Zambia earlier this week along with other three senior officials.
Diakite arrived in Zambia on Sundayin the company of CAF Executive Committee Member Anjorin Moucharafou (Benin), who is also a member of the Organising Committee, and General Coordinators Baba Malephane (Lesotho) and Sidio Jose Mugadza (Mozambique).
“We are here because we are confident that Zambia is going to host a good 2017 CAF U-20 Africa Cup of Nations tournament,” said Diakite.
“Since CAF gave Zambia the rights to host the tournament, we have been here several times and we have been completely satisfied of the readiness and the ability of Zambia to host the tournament.
“The tournament being held in Zambia is very special because all the best teams will be here and because of that we are looking forward to a very good tournament.”
The tournament will get under way on Sunday when Zambia take on Guinea in Lusaka.
Egypt and Mali are the other two teams in their pool, while Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa and Sudan comprise Group B.
The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals and at the same time qualify for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in South Korea in May and June.