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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".[3]

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMumamba Numba
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (124)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumLevy Mwanawasa Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 81 Steady (25 July 2019)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 94 Increase 1 (20 August 2019)[2]
Highest27 (6 April 1994)
Lowest106 (October 2009)
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.[4][5]

After the departure of George Lwandamina in 2016, Wedson Nyirenda was appointed interim coach. In January 2017 Nyirenda was appointed on a permanent basis. 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.

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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.[6]

HonoursEdit

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

Competitive recordEdit

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

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / 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 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
  2025 To be determined
Total 1 Title 17/32 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

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the friendly matches against Cameroon and Morocco on 9 and 16 June 2019.[7]

Caps and goals as of 24 June 2019, after the match against Ivory Coast.[8]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Allan Chibwe (1991-03-22) 22 March 1991 (age 28) 9 0   Power Dynamos
1GK Charles Muntanga (1995-07-21) 21 July 1995 (age 24) 1 0   Nkwazi

2DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 30) 78 5   Metz
2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 27) 36 1   TP Mazembe
2DF Ziyo Tembo (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 34) 24 0   Zanaco
2DF Shemmy Mayembe (1997-11-22) 22 November 1997 (age 21) 6 0   ZESCO United
2DF Moses Nyondo (1997-07-05) 5 July 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Nkana
2DF Kebson Kamanga 3 0   Nkwazi
2DF Paul Banda 1 0   Power Dynamos

3MF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 27) 36 1   Chippa United
3MF Salulani Phiri (1994-10-04) 4 October 1994 (age 24) 26 0   Polokwane City
3MF Augustine Mulenga (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 29) 24 5   Orlando Pirates
3MF Justin Shonga (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 22) 23 11   Orlando Pirates
3MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 14 2   Red Bull Salzburg
3MF Emmanuel Banda (1997-09-29) 29 September 1997 (age 21) 7 0   AS Béziers
3MF Kings Kangwa (1999-06-04) 4 June 1999 (age 20) 3 1   Arsenal Tula
3MF Gamphani Lungu (1998-09-19) 19 September 1998 (age 20) 3 0   SuperSport United

4FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 20) 22 2   Black Leopards
4FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 22) 9 1   KV Oostende
4FW Mwape Musonda (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 28) 5 2   Black Leopards

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 Sebastian Mwange Unknown 2 0   Green Eagles 2019 COSAFA Cup
GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Power Dynamos 2019 COSAFA Cup
GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 25) 24 0   Zanaco 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
GK Kennedy Mweene (1984-12-11) 11 December 1984 (age 34) 124 2   Mamelodi Sundowns v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019

DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 30) 29 0   Green Buffaloes 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 24) 15 0   Buildcon 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 27) 13 0   Buildcon 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 24) 7 1   ZESCO United 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Kabwe Warriors 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Gift Zulu (1992-11-06) 6 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Clement Mwape (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 30) 1 0   ZESCO United 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 27) 16 1   ZESCO United 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
DF Lyton Thole 0 0   Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE

MF Jackson Chirwa (1995-06-11) 11 June 1995 (age 24) 26 1   Green Buffaloes 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Bruce Musakanya (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 25) 20 3   Red Arrows 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Ernest Mbewe (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 24) 17 0   Zanaco 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 22) 11 0   Power Dynamos 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Kelvin Mubanga (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 22) 6 0   Nkana 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Austin Muwowo (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 22) 2 1   Forest Rangers 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Webster Muzaza (1997-08-21) 21 August 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Forest Rangers 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Moses Phiri (1993-06-03) 3 June 1993 (age 26) 15 1   Buildcon 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Clement Mundia (1997-05-17) 17 May 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Kabwe Warriors 2019 COSAFA Cup PRE
MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 28) 20 3   Simba v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019
MF Mike Katiba (1995-07-07) 7 July 1995 (age 24) 9 0   Green Buffaloes v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019

FW Lazarous Kambole (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 25) 14 7   ZESCO United 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Emmanuel Chabula (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 21) 2 1   Nkwazi 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Tapson Kaseba (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Green Eagles 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Chitiya Mususu (1995-03-06) 6 March 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Zanaco 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Lameck Silwamba 0 0   Buildcon v.   Namibia, 23 March 2019
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 25, 2018[9]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1 Kennedy Mweene 2004– 124 2
2 David Chabala 1983–1993 115 0
3 Godfrey Chitalu 1968–1980 111 79
4 Rainford Kalaba 2005– 110 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 25, 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– 15 110

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ Hughes, Rob (13 February 2012). "Zambia Takes a Modest and Emotional Path to Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Chambeshi Names Chipolopolo Squad for Cameroon, Morocco Friendlies". zambia reports.
  8. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "Zambia (2019)". National-football-teams.com. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  9. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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