The number of trialists for the Zambia under-17 national team has shrunk to 38 after a thorough screening exercise.
Sixty eight candidates had been selected from across the country with the aide of provincial youth coaches and provincial administrators.
Provinces were given the mandate to select suitable candidates by age and talent to send for national trials.
Under-17 national team coach Oswald Mutapa and the Technical Directorate have overseen the process that has seen candidates being run through a check at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) and Independence Stadium.
Team manager Lombe Chipupu said some players had been sent away after further screening on account of age.
Chipupu said some were run through the FAZ registration system and were found to have already beaten the under-17 threshold.
Trialists were screened through the provision of birth certificates, records and also school history records.
Successful candidates will in the final phase undergo the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Zambia’s under-17 assignment is in September at the Cosafa championship in Malawi.
FAZ has placed a high premium on the search for youth talent with a plan to put provincial teams underway.
Five youthful coaches have been selected to undergo training in Europe.
Among the selected candidates are 2012 Africa Cup winner Noah Chivuta, George Chilufya, Mischeck Lungu, Yonah Phiri and Bilton Musonda.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga recently clinched a deal with the Croatia Football Association to provide technical support toward youth coaches, referees training and administrative support..