Hosts Zambia have lifted the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations following a 2-0 win over Senegal in the final at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
There were early fears that Zambia, who had looked impressive all tournament, may crack under the weight of expectation, however, the junior Chipolopolo held their cool to go into the break leading 2-0.
Senegalese goalkeeper Lamine Sarr made two horrendous errors that a merciless Zambian frontline punished him for.
Both sides began the game by sizing each other up in the opening minutes with Senegal having the first sight of goal when Ibrahima Niane’s tame shot was easily picked up by Mangani Banda in the seventh minute.
Zambia then roared to life in the 14th minute when Fashion Sakala controlled the ball in the box but his ferociously struck shot went wide.
Three minutes later, Sakala was back on the by-line to tease the ball into the box with Sarr spilling it into the path of a grateful Patson Daka whose predatory instincts came to life toeing home.
Senegal were not deterred and continued to pressure the Zambians with Niane forcing Shemmy Mayembe to trip him in the 28th minute, but the Senegalese fluffed the resulting set piece.
Recall Senegal lost the 2015 final on home soil against Nigeria.