The re-emergence of Zambia as a powerhouse in African football is something worth looking forward to in 2018.
Chipolopolo have endured a barren spell since their stunning run to the Africa Cup of Nations title back in 2012, but signs are emerging that the regional giant is reawakening.
A crop of young stars announced their arrival by winning the African U-20 Championships on home soil early last year before reaching the quarter finals of the U-20 World Cup.
Midfielder Enock Mwepu and forwards Fashion Sakala jnr and Patson Daka Jnr have since been promoted to the senior team, and their impact has been spectacular.
Others should soon follow.
If Zambia can maintain and even improve on their form from the World Cup qualifiers, where they finished second behind Nigeria and ahead of giants Algeria and Cameroon, Southern Africa could be primed to celebrate a new regional heavyweight.
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