Zambia national football team

The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in men's international association football and it is governed by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ). During the 1980s, they were known as the KK 11, after founding president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda ("KK") who ruled Zambia from 1964 to 1991. After the country adopted multiparty politics, the side was nicknamed Chipolopolo, the "Copper Bullets".[3] The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit, winning the 2012 tournament with victory over Ivory Coast in the final. The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup.[4]

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachAvram Grant
Most capsKennedy Mweene (122)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium
National Heroes Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 88 Steady (22 December 2022)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
First international
 Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia 
(Southern Rhodesia; 1946)
Biggest win
 Zambia 11–2 Swaziland 
(Lusaka, Zambia; 5 February 1978)
 Zambia 9–0 Kenya 
(Lilongwe, Malawi; 13 November 1978)
 Zambia 9–0 Lesotho 
(Botswana; 8 August 1988)
Biggest defeat
 DR Congo 10–1 Zambia 
(DR Congo; 22 November 1969)
 Belgium 9–0 Zambia 
(Brussels, Belgium; 3 June 1994)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1974)
Best resultChampions (2012)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances19 (first in 1997)
Best resultChampions (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019, 2022)

HistoryEdit

Early years (1929–1970)Edit

Zambia's first official match, following their acceptance into FIFA, was played on July 3, 1964, at home against Tanzania, which ended with a victory for the Chipolopolos 1–0. "Chipolopolos" is the nickname of the Zambian team, which means "Copper Bullets" due to the abundance of copper in Zambia. During the match, Zambia was not yet independent as Zambian independence from the United Kingdom occurred on the October 24, 1964. On November 22, 1969, Zambia suffered one of the two biggest defeats in its history against DR Congo 10–1. Since the 1970 World Cup qualifiers, Zambia has failed to qualify for a World Cup finals tournament.

African Cup of Nations 1974Edit

After two previous attempts to participate in the African Cup of Nations, the Zambia national football team succeeded in qualifying for the first time in 1974. In the first round, they beat Côte d'Ivoire (1–0, goal from Simon Kaushi), lost against Egypt (1-3, goal from Godfrey Chitalu) and beat Uganda (1–0, goal from Obby Kapita), finishing second in the group and qualified for the semi-finals, where they beat Congo (4–2, a Bernard Chanda hat-trick and Joseph Mapulanga's goal). In the final, Zaire and Zambia drew 2-2 (goals from Simon Kaushi and Brighton Sinyangwe) and had to have a replay for the title but, two days after the first match, Zambia lost 2-0 and saw their title aspirations disappear. However this was viewed with great pride considering it was their first participation in the tournament.

1974–1993Edit

After their appearance in the final in 1974, the Zambian football team failed to qualify for the following tournament in 1976. In 1978, Zambia was eliminated in the first round with a single victory (2–0 against Burkina Faso, goals from Patrick Phiri and Bizwell Phiri), a draw (0–0 against Nigeria) and a defeat (1–2 against Ghana, goal from Obby Kapita). In 1980, they failed to qualify; but in 1982 they again reached the semi-finals and took third place, beating Algeria, having lost to Libya in the semis. In 1984, Zambia did not qualify; in 1986, they reached the first round with a point collected against Algeria (0–0). In 1988, they did not qualify. In 1990, after finishing first in the group, Zambia lost in the semi-finals against Nigeria, but beat Senegal (1–0, goal from Webster Chikabala) to collect third place. In 1992, Zambia was beaten in the quarters by Côte d'Ivoire (0-1). This period shows that Zambia is a good footballing power but it shows irregularity in a few first rounds and non-qualifiers.

Zambian Air Force Flight 319Edit

Tragedy struck the Zambian team when the military plane (REG: AF-319) transporting the team to Senegal for a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifier crashed late in the evening, on April 27, 1993. Three stops were planned for re-fuelling, but at the first stop, in Brazzaville, engine problems were noted on the Buffalo DHC-5D of the Zambia Air Force. Despite this, the flight continued and a few minutes after take-off from Libreville, Gabon, where the second stopover had taken place, one of the engines caught fire and stopped. The pilot, who had already made a flight from Mauritius the day before, accidentally shut down the engine, which was still running. The loss of power, during the climb after take-off, caused the plane to fall and crash into the water 500m off the coast. All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, were killed in the accident.[5]

Team captain and coach Kalusha Bwalya was not on board. Held in the Netherlands for a match with his club, PSV Eindhoven, he was to join Senegal separately for the qualifying match. A new team was quickly created, coached by Kalusha: he had the difficult task of leading Zambia through qualification for the FIFA World Cup and then preparing for the qualifications for the next Africa Cup of Nations. It was probably an impossible mission and Zambia did not qualify for the World Cup.

List of players killed in the 1993 plane crashEdit

Goalkeepers: David Chabala and Richard Mwanza.
Defenders: Kenan Simambe, Winter Mumba, Samuel Chomba, Whiteson Changwe, Robert Watiyakeni and John Soko.
Midfielders: Eston Mulenga, Derby Makinka, Moses Chikwalakwala, Wisdom Mumba Chansa, Godfrey Kangwa and Numba Mwila.
Forwards: Kelvin Mutale, Timothy Mwitwa, Moses Masuwa and Patrick Banda.
Coaches: Godfrey Chitalu, Alex Chola and Wilson Sakala.
Also on board were the two pilots, the flight crew, the FAZ chairman, a ZANA journalist and a public servant from the Ministry of Sport.[6]

African Cup of Nations 1994Edit

In 1994, after a draw against Sierra Leone (0–0), Zambia beat Côte d'Ivoire (1–0, goal from Kenneth Malitoli) and finished first in the group. In the quarterfinals, they beat Senegal (1–0, goal from Evans Sakala), then in the semi-finals, Zambia beat Mali (4–0, goals from Elijah Litana, Zeddy Saileti, Kalusha Bwalya and Kenneth Malitoli). In the final, in Tunis, they faced Nigeria and despite the opening goal of Elijah Litana in the 3rd minute, Nigeria won 2–1.

1994–2012Edit

On June 3, 1994, in Brussels, the Zambian football team succumbed to one of its worst losses in its history against Belgium, losing 9–0. At CAN 1996, they finished first in the group with two victories (5–1 against Burkina Faso, goals from Kenneth Malitoli, double from Kalusha Bwalya, goals from Dennis Lota and Johnson Bwalya); 4–0 against Sierra Leone (a hattrick from Kalusha Bwalya and goal from Mordon Malitoli) and a draw (0–0 against Algeria), beat Egypt (3–1) in the quarterfinals and loses in semis against Tunisia (2–4) but took third place over Ghana (1–0, goal from Johnson Bwalya). Kalusha Bwalya was the best in the competition with 5 goals. From 1998 to 2006, Zambia did not pass the first round, except in 2004 when they failed to qualify. On September 3, 2006, at home, Zambia achieved the biggest victory in its history against Djibouti, winning 10–0. During the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Zambia finished third in the group with a 3–0 victory against Sudan (goals by James Chamanga, Jacob Mulenga and Felix Katongo), a draw (1–1 against Egypt, goal from Chris Katongo) and loss (1–5 against Cameroon, goal from Chris Katongo). In 2010, Zambia finished first in her group and faced Nigeria in the quarter-finals where she lost on penalties. Jacob Mulenga and Emmanuel Mbola were included in the tournament's Best XI.[7]

COSAFA CupEdit

The Zambia national football team has participated in the COSAFA Cup in all its editions, and has won it a joint record six times in (1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019 and 2022) and a six-time losing finalist in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017 and 2018. In 2005, Collins Mbesuma was the competition's top scorer with 4 goals.

African Cup of Nations 2012Edit

The football team Zambia finished 1st in their group as they beat Senegal (1-2, goals from Emmanuel Mayuka and Rainford Kalaba) then they shared the points with Libya (2-2, goals from Mayuka and Christopher Katongo) and finally they beat Equatorial Guinea (0-1, goal from C. Katongo). In the quarter-finals, Zambia eliminated Sudan (3-0, goals from Stoppila Sunzu, C. Katongo and James Chamanga). In the semi-finals, Zambia eliminated Ghana 1–0, Emmanuel Mayuka scoring the only goal of the game. In the final, Zambia held Côte d'Ivoire in check (0–0) and won on penalties (8–7) Watch

At the end of this 28th edition of the African Cup, captain Chris Katongo finished best player in competition as well as joint-top scorer with Emmanuel Mayuka for Zambia.

2013–presentEdit

In 2013, Zambia was eliminated in the first round of CAN 2013 without losing a single match (three draws). Two years later, after complicated qualifiers, Zambia qualifies once again for AFCON but is again eliminated in the first round. Zambia failed to reach the finals for the first time in 13 years for the 2017 competition and losing out to Guinea-Bissau. For CAN 2019 qualification, the Chipolopolos again failed to progress, finishing last with 7 points, one point less than Namibia, in 2nd, and two points fewer than Guinea-Bissau who finished top of the group. It is a huge disappointment for Zambia which misses a 2nd consecutive CAN even though it had won the competition 7 years earlier and was seeded at the time of the draw. The qualifying for the CAN 2022 were also difficult for Zambia, finishing 3rd and a point off of Zimbabwe who occupied the final qualification spot.

Kit providerEdit

Kit provider Period
  Adidas 1993–1996
  Puma 1997–2000
  Diadora 2001–2002
  Umbro 2003
  Nike 2004–2015
  Kappa 2016
  Mafro 2017
  KoPa 2018–present

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss

2022Edit

18 March Friendly Iraq   3–1   Zambia Baghdad, Iraq
Stadium: Al-Madina Stadium
Attendance: 25,237
25 March Friendly Zambia   3–1   Congo Antalya, Turkey
15:00
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
27 March Friendly Zambia   1–2   Benin Antalya, Turkey
Report
Stadium: Mardan Sports Complex
Referee: Batuhan Kolak (Turkey)
3 June 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast   3–1   Zambia Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast
19:00
Report
Stadium: Stade de Yamoussoukro
Referee: Dahane Beida (Mauritania)
7 June 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia   2–1   Comoros Lusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Samuel Uwikunda (Rwanda)
12 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Zambia   1–1
(5–4 p)
  Botswana KwaMashu
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
15 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Zambia   4–3   Senegal Durban
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
17 July COSAFA F Namibia   0–1 (a.e.t.)   Zambia Durban, South Africa
Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
23 September Friendly Mali   1–0   Zambia Bamako, Mali
Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
17 November Friendly Israel   4–2   Zambia Petah Tikva, Israel
Stadium: HaMoshava Stadium

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia   v   Lesotho Zambia
--:-- UTC+2 Report
March 2023 AFCON qualification Lesotho   v   Zambia South Africa
--:-- UTC+2 Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros   v   Zambia

ManagersEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Mali on 23 and 27 September 2022.[8]

Caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2022, after the match against Namibia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 29) 34 0   Sekhukhune United
1GK Charles Kalumba (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 27) 4 0   Red Arrows
1GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 24) 0 0   Power Dynamos

2DF Benedict Chepeshi (1996-06-10) 10 June 1996 (age 26) 33 0   Red Arrows
2DF Dominic Chanda (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 26) 23 1   Kabwe Warriors
2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 26) 20 1   Mazembe
2DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 25) 11 0   ZESCO United
2DF Luka Chamanga (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 31) 5 0   Power Dynamos
2DF Allan Kapila (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 27) 5 0   Red Arrows
2DF Frankie Musonda (1997-12-12) 12 December 1997 (age 25) 4 1   Ayr United
2DF Miguel Chaiwa (2004-06-07) 7 June 2004 (age 18) 1 0   Young Boys

3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 26) 37 6   ZESCO United
3MF Rodrick Kabwe (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 30) 34 0   Sekhukhune United
3MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 31) 30 5   Simba
3MF Kings Kangwa (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 23) 15 3   Red Star Belgrade
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 25) 14 0   Djurgårdens
3MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 23) 6 0   Midtjylland

4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 24) 31 9   Leicester City
4FW Evans Kangwa (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 30) 31 4   Arsenal Tula
4FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 25) 19 6   Rangers
4FW Ricky Banda (2001-03-03) 3 March 2001 (age 21) 5 1   Red Arrows

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Cyril Chibwe (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 29) 12 0   ZESCO United 2022 COSAFA Cup
GK Kelvin Malunga (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Nkana v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Prosper Chiluya (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 24) 12 0   Red Arrows v.   Benin, 27 March 2022
DF Aimé Mabika (1998-08-16) 16 August 1998 (age 24) 1 0   Inter Miami v.   Benin, 27 March 2022
DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 31) 38 1   ZESCO United v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 31) 24 1   ZESCO United v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
DF Solomon Sakala (1997-04-28) 28 April 1997 (age 25) 12 0   ZESCO United v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022

MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 27) 41 2   Horsens 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Spencer Sautu (1994-10-05) 5 October 1994 (age 28) 34 4   Power Dynamos 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Prince Mumba (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 21) 11 1   Istra 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Larry Bwalya (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 27) 7 0   Simba 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Lameck Banda (2001-01-29) 29 January 2001 (age 22) 4 0   Lecce 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 25) 24 6 Retired v.   Mali, 23 and 27 September 2022 RET
MF Harrison Chisala (1997-08-04) 4 August 1997 (age 25) 2 0   Nkana v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
MF Chanda Mukuka (2000-03-03) 3 March 2000 (age 22) 0 0   ZESCO United v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022

FW Gamphani Lungu (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 24) 15 0   SuperSport United 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Alex Ngonga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 30) 20 1   Nkana v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Albert Kangwanda (1999-04-07) 7 April 1999 (age 23) 7 2   Kafue Celtic v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Patrick Gondwe (2002-06-05) 5 June 2002 (age 20) 7 0   Nkana v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022
FW Derrick Bulaya (2003-03-08) 8 March 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Green Eagles v.   Iraq, 18 March 2022

Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

RecordsEdit

As of 14 July 2021[9]
Players in bold are still active with Zambia.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

When the former British colony of Northern Rhodesia, Zambia did not participate in World Cup qualification play until after its independence in 1964. The country's football association was formed in 1929 and joined FIFA in 1964.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1966 did not enter did not enter
  1970 did not qualify 2 1 0 1 6 6
  1974 10 4 3 3 19 11
  1978 6 3 1 2 9 5
  1982 4 2 1 1 6 2
  1986 6 2 1 3 8 6
  1990 6 3 0 3 7 6
  1994 8 5 1 2 17 5
  1998 8 3 2 3 10 8
    2002 10 5 2 3 16 11
  2006 13 7 4 2 21 11
  2010 10 3 3 4 4 6
  2014 6 3 2 1 11 4
  2018 8 4 2 2 11 7
  2022 6 2 1 3 8 9
      2026 to be determined to be determined
Total 0/22 103 47 23 33 153 97

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1963 Not affiliated to CAF
  1965 did not enter
  1968
  1970 did not qualify
  1972
  1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
  1976 did not qualify
  1978 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 2
  1980 did not qualify
  1982 Third place 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 3
  1984 did not qualify
  1986 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
  1992 Quarter-finals 7th 3 1 0 2 1 2
  1994 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 7 2
  1996 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 15 6
  1998 Group stage 10th 3 1 1 1 4 6
    2000 13th 3 0 2 1 3 5
  2002 14th 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2004 did not qualify
  2006 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2008 9th 3 1 1 1 5 6
  2010 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 5
    2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
  2013 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 2 2
  2015 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2017 did not qualify
  2019
  2021
  2023 To be determined
  2025
Total 1 Title 17/33 66 27 18 22 81 67

Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank M W D L GF GA
1997 1st 5 3 2 0 11 4
1998 1st 5 3 2 0 5 2
1999 Semis-Final 2 0 1 1 1 2
2000 Quarter-Finals 2 1 1 0 3 0
2001 Semis-Final 3 1 2 0 3 2
2002 Semis-Final 2 1 0 1 3 1
2003 Semis-Final 2 1 1 0 5 3
2004 2nd 3 2 1 0 3 1
2005 2nd 4 2 1 1 7 3
2006 1st 4 4 0 0 8 1
2007 2nd 2 1 1 0 3 0
  2008 3rd 3 1 1 1 2 1
  2009 2nd 3 2 0 1 4 3
  2013 1st 3 2 1 0 5 1
  2015 Plate final 3 1 1 1 3 1
Total 21/21 - - - - - -

HonoursEdit

Champions:   2012
Runners-up:   1974,   1994
COSAFA Cup
Champions: 1997, 1998, 2006, 2013, 2019, 2022
Runners-up: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2017, 2018
CECAFA Cup
Champions: 1984, 1991
Runners-up: 1976, 1977, 1978, 1988, 2006

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "ZAMBIA REMEMBERS 'GABON' FALLEN HEROES". Times of Zambia. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  7. ^ "CAF releases Top XI of Orange CAN". CAF Online.
  8. ^ "Final Squad". Twitter. @FAZFootball.
  9. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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