Nigeria is the first African nation to win the gold medal at the football events of the Olympics. The year was 1996. Photo: Twitter/NFF

Zambia coach Beston Chambeshi has said his side will not be a pushover at the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Concise News understands that the Southern African nation are in Group B of the competition alongside Nigeria, South Africa and the Ivory Coast.

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Nigeria are the defending champions of the competition which serves as the final qualifiers for the football event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Speaking ahead of the tournament, Chambeshi, whose side face the Nigerians on November 12, admitted that the group was tricky.

He, however, said his boys had a chance of surviving as no team is a pushover.

“We are one of the team’s that have qualified for the tournament, not by chance, but through hard work,” he said.

“The draws are very tricky and we have to respect each team in the group because they are no pushovers. All the teams in the group are tough.

“We really need a positive result in the first game because that will give us direction. All the games are important, they lead the way.”

Nigeria had on Tuesday played out a barren draw with the Cameroon U-23 side as they prepare for the competition.