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Zambia national football team

The Zambia national football team represents Zambia in association football and 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".[4]

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachSven Vandenbroeck [1]Kampamba Chintu Nico Labohm
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (117)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumNational Heroes Stadium and Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current77 Decrease 2 (25 October 2018)[2]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current103 Decrease 23 (18 November 2018)[3]
Highest27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest99 (May 2004)
First international
 Southern Rhodesia 0–4 Northern Rhodesia 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 
(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

The team has three Africa Cup of Nations final appearances to its credit. They were once holders of the Africa Cup of Nations, winning in the 2012 final against Ivory Coast.[5][6]

After the departure of George Lwandamina in 2016, Wedson Nyirenda was appointed interim coach. In January 2017 Nyirenda was appointed on a permanent basis.[7] On 6 July 2018, FAZ announced the appointment of Sven Vandenbroeck as their new coach. The 38-year-old Belgian replaced Nyirenda who resigned two months earlier to join South African side Baroka FC.[8]

Contents

Gabon air disasterEdit

On 27 April 1993, a Zambian Air Force Buffalo DHC-5D which was carrying the team to Senegal for a 1994 World Cup qualification match crashed, killing all 30 passengers, including 18 players and a number of coaches.[9]

HonoursEdit

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

Competition recordsEdit

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 12 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 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 96 45 22 45 145 88

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1957 to
  1968
Did not enter
  1970 to
  1972
Did not qualify
  1974 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 0 2 9 7
  1976 Did not qualify
  1978 Group Stage 1st Round 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 1st Round 3 0 1 2 2 4
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 Third place 3rd 5 3 1 1 3 2
  1992 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals 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 1st Round 3 1 1 1 4 6
    2000 3 0 2 1 3 5
  2002 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2004 Did not qualify
  2006 Group Stage 1st Round 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2008 3 1 1 1 5 6
  2010 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals 4 1 1 2 5 5
    2012 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 3
  2013 Group Stage 1st Round 3 0 3 0 2 2
  2015 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2017 Did not qualify
  2019 Did not qualify
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/31 66 27 18 22 81 67

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Zambia national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 33 players have been selected in the pre-squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier matches vs. Algeria (2 September and 5 September 2017).[10]

Caps and goals as of 10 June 2017, after the match vs. Mozambique.[11]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Kennedy Mweene (vice-captain) (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 33) 116 2   Mamelodi Sundowns
1 1GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 24) 8 0   Zanaco
1GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 27) 3 0   Power Dynamos

15 2DF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 27) 23 0   Nkana
2DF Boston Muchindu (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Nkana
2DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Nkana
13 2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 29) 70 4   Arsenal Tula
6 2DF Simon Silwimba (1994-12-25) 25 December 1994 (age 23) 5 0   ZESCO United
20 2DF Fackson Kapumbu (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 28) 19 0   ZESCO United
19 2DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 33) 5 0   Zanaco
2DF Billy Mutale (1993-06-21) 21 June 1993 (age 25) 3 0   Power Dynamos
2DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 24) 3 0   Green Eagles
21 2DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 24) 2 0   Nchanga Rangers
2DF Webster Mulenga (1993-06-27) 27 June 1993 (age 25) 4 0   Forest Rangers
4 2DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 29) 17 0   Green Buffaloes

11 3MF Chisamba Lungu (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 27) 48 1   Alanyaspor
23 3MF Kondwani Mtonga (1984-02-12) 12 February 1984 (age 34) 42 1   ZESCO United
3MF Clatous Chama (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 25) 10 0   ZESCO United
3MF Misheck Chaila (1990-11-13) 13 November 1990 (age 28) 13 0   ZESCO United
3MF John Ching'andu (1993-12-11) 11 December 1993 (age 24) 3 0   Zanaco
2 3MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 5 0   Zanaco
3MF Fwayo Tembo (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 27 1   Power Dynamos
17 3MF Augustine Mulenga (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Hapoel Ra'anana
5 3MF Roderick Kabwe (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 19 0   Hapoel Ra'anana
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Oostende
10 3MF Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 21) 0 0   Spartak-2 Moscow
3MF Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 19) 0 0   Djurgårdens IF
14 3MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 20) 0 0   FC Red Bull Salzburg

12 4FW Justin Shonga (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 2 0   Hapoel Ra'anana
3 4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 20) 0 0   FC Red Bull Salzburg
22 4FW Brian Mwila (1994-06-16) 16 June 1994 (age 24) 2 1   Green Buffaloes
9 4FW Alex Ng'onga (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 26) 13 1   Power Dynamos
4FW Martin Phiri 4 1   Power Dynamos

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 Jacob Banda (1988-02-11) 11 February 1988 (age 30) 28 0   ZESCO United v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
GK Charles Mweemba (1994-12-12) 12 December 1994 (age 23) 0 0   Lumwana Radiants v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
GK Kevin Malunga 0 0   Nkana v.   Gabon, 4 June 2017

DF George Chilufya (1986-11-26) 26 November 1986 (age 31) 2 0   Zanaco v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Taonga Bwembya (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Zanaco v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 4 0   Power Dynamos v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Godfrey Ngwenya 3 0   Kabwe Warriors v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Eric Chomba (1988-07-11) 11 July 1988 (age 30) 1 0   Nkwanzi v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Jubell Sakala 0 0 v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
DF Moonga Chilimba 0 0   Kabwe Warriors v.   Gabon, 4 June 2017

MF Rainford Kalaba (captain) (1986-08-14) 14 August 1986 (age 32) 107 15   Mazembe v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Lubambo Musonda (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 20 2   Gandzasar Kapan v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Salulani Phiri (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 24) 16 0   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Stanley Nshimbi (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 26) 6 0   ZESCO United v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Collins Sikombe (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 34) 2 0   Zanaco v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 21) 18 1   Red Arrows v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Nsofwa Mwansa 2 0   Kabwe Warriors v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Lubinda Mundia 1 1   Red Arrows v.   South Africa, 13 June 2017
MF Jonas Sakuwaha (1983-07-22) 22 July 1983 (age 35) 25 2   Mazembe v.   Gabon, 4 June 2017
MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 23) 14 0   Green Buffaloes v.   Gabon, 4 June 2017

FW Collins Mbesuma (1984-02-03) 3 February 1984 (age 34) 65 22   Highlands Park v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ronald Kampamba (1994-05-26) 26 May 1994 (age 24) 19 5   Wadi Degla v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Jackson Mwanza (1992-10-09) 9 October 1992 (age 26) 16 0   Gaziantepspor v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Dave Daka (1989-07-04) 4 July 1989 (age 29) 1 0   Hapoel Ra'anana v.   Mozambique, 10 June 2017
FW Ignatius Lwipa (1986-03-04) 4 March 1986 (age 32) 17 5   Nakambala Leopards v.   Gabon, 4 June 2017
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

Most capped playersEdit

As of November 3, 2018[12]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1 Kennedy Mweene 2004– 123 2
2 David Chabala 1983–1993 115 0
3 Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 111 79
4 Rainford Kalaba 2005– 109 15
5 Joseph Musonda 2002–2014 108 0
6 Christopher Katongo 2003–2016 105 23
7 Alex Chola 1975–1985 102 43
8 Elijah Tana 1995–2009 101 4
9 Derby Makinka 1985–1993 98 10
10 Kalusha Bwalya 1983–2004 87 39

Top goalscorersEdit

As of November 3, 2018
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Goals Caps
1. Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 79 111
2. Alex Chola 1975–1985 43 102
3. Kalusha Bwalya 1983–2004 39 87
4. Bernard Chanda 1971–1980 29 68
5. Christopher Katongo 2003–2016 23 105
6. Collins Mbesuma 2003– 22 65
7. Dennis Lota 1994–2002 21 78
8. Kenneth Malitoli 1988-1999 19 80
9. James Chamanga 2005–2015 17 63
10. Rainford Kalaba 2005– 15 109

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kennedy Gondwe (6 July 2018). "Zambia name Belgian Sven Vandenbroeck as new coach". www.bbc.co.uk. Lusaka: BBC Sports. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  4. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  5. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ Jacob Steinberg (12 February 2012). "Ivory Coast v Zambia - as it happened | Jacob Steinberg | Football". theguardian.com. London: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  7. ^ http://dailysportsng.com/news/detail.php?news=5088&title=FAZ-appoint-Nyirenda-permanently&scid=News
  8. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44737762
  9. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2013-12-02.
  10. ^ "Zambie : la liste pour l'Algérie sans Kalaba ! - Afrik-foot.com : l'actualité du football africain". Afrik-foot.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Zambia (2017)". National-football-teams.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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