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 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, The team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Zambia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets)
AssociationFootball Association of Zambia
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMilutin Sredojevic
CaptainKennedy Mweene
Most capsKennedy Mweene (121)
Top scorerGodfrey Chitalu (79)
Home stadiumNational Heroes Stadium
FIFA codeZAM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 89 Decrease 1 (22 October 2020)[1]
Highest15 (February – May 1996, August 1996)
Lowest102 (February 2011)
Elo ranking
Current 93 Increase 1 (22 October 2020)[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

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.

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.[4]

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, 2018
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 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 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 97 45 22 30 145 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

Gossage Cup / CECAFA CupEdit

CECAFA Cup Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1973 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
  1974 Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 3 3
  1975 Group Stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 7
  1976 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
  1977 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 1 4
  1978 Did not enter
  1979 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 2 2 3 8
  1980 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 5
  1981 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 9
  1982 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 1 2 3 8
  1983 Group Stage 8th 3 0 1 2 3 6
  1984 Group Stage 8th 3 0 0 3 1 4
  1985 Did not enter
  1987 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 2 3
  1988 Group Stage 7th 3 1 0 2 1 3
  1989 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 0 1
  1990 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 1 3 3 5
  1991 Group Stage 7th 3 0 0 3 4 7
  1992 Group Stage 8th 4 1 0 3 2 14
  1994 Did not enter
  1995 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 5 4
  1996 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
  1999 Group Stage 10th 2 0 1 1 1 3
  2000 Did not enter
  2001 Group Stage 10th 2 0 0 2 0 8
  2002 Group Stage 7th 4 1 1 2 1 3
  2003 Group Stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 6
  2004 Group Stage 7th 4 1 0 3 7 11
  2005 Third Place 3rd 6 3 2 1 7 6
  2006 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 0 4
  2007 Quarter-Finals 7th 3 1 2 0 5 3
  2008 Group Stage 8th 4 1 1 2 3 5
  2009 Third Place 3rd 6 2 2 2 6 3
  2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 4 3
  2011 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 5 4
  2012 Third Place 3rd 6 1 4 1 5 6
  2013 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2015 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 6
  2017 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 2 1 9 6
Total 34/38 1 Title 121 29 31 61 99 181

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 - - - - - -

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

2019Edit

9 November 2019 FriendlyNamibia  0–2  ZambiaKatutura, Namibia
Stadium: Sam Nujoma Stadium
14 November 2019 2021 AFCONQAlgeria  5–0  ZambiaBlida, Algeria
20:00 Bensebaini   44'
Bounedjah   68' (pen.)90'
Belaïli   75'
Soudani   86'
Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
19 November 2019 2021 AFCONQZambia  1–2  ZimbabweLusaka, Zambia
18:00 UTC+2 Daka   20' Billiat   11'79' Stadium: National Heroes Stadium

2020Edit

7 October 2020 FriendlyZambia  1–0  MalawiLusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Audrick Nkole (Zambia)
9 October 2020 FriendlyKenya  2–1  ZambiaNairobi, Kenya
15:00 UTC+2
Stadium: Nyayo National Stadium
Referee: Anthony Ogwajo (Kenya)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for a friendly match against Kenya 9 October 2020.

Caps and goals accurate following the match against Kenya.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Sebastian Mwange (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 28) 8 0   Green Eagles
1GK Jackson Kakunta (1998-10-24) 24 October 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Power Dynamos
1GK Lameck Siame (1997-07-09) 9 July 1997 (age 23) 0 0   Kabwe Warriors

2DF Kabaso Chongo (1992-02-11) 11 February 1992 (age 28) 39 1   TP Mazembe
2DF Godfrey Ngwenya (1996-06-22) 22 June 1996 (age 24) 8 0   Power Dynamos
2DF Tandi Mwape (1996-07-20) 20 July 1996 (age 24) 7 0   TP Mazembe
2DF Zakaria Chilongoshi (1999-10-27) 27 October 1999 (age 20) 4 0   Power Dynamos
2DF Luka Banda (1995-04-06) 6 April 1995 (age 25) 4 0   NAPSA Stars
2DF Dominic Chanda (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 24) 2 0   Kabwe Warriors
2DF Kondwani Chiboni Unknown 1 0   Power Dynamos

3MF Lubambo Musonda (1995-03-01) 1 March 1995 (age 25) 26 2   Śląsk Wroclaw
3MF Benson Sakala (1996-09-12) 12 September 1996 (age 24) 19 0   Power Dynamos
3MF Kelvin Kampamba (1996-11-24) 24 November 1996 (age 23) 14 1   ZESCO United
3MF Collins Sikombe (1997-06-19) 19 June 1997 (age 23) 8 2   NAPSA Stars
3MF Kelvin Kapumbu (1996-04-06) 6 April 1996 (age 24) 5 0   Zanaco
3MF Kings Kangwa (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 21) 4 1   Arsenal Tula
3MF Leonard Mulenga (1997-11-26) 26 November 1997 (age 22) 3 0   Green Buffaloes
3MF Chaniza Zulu (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Lumwana Radiants

4FW Evans Kangwa (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 26) 27 4   Arsenal Tula
4FW Emmanuel Chabula (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 22) 11 7   Nkwazi
4FW Fashion Sakala (1997-03-14) 14 March 1997 (age 23) 10 1   KV Oostende
4FW Gamphani Lungu (1998-08-19) 19 August 1998 (age 22) 4 0   SuperSport United
4FW Edward Chilufya (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Djurgårdens IF

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Zambia in the last 12 months.[5]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Toaster Nsabata (1993-11-24) 24 November 1993 (age 26) 28 0   Zanaco v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
GK Cyril Chibwe (1993-06-17) 17 June 1993 (age 27) 2 0   Polokwane City v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
GK Lawrence Mulenga (1998-08-21) 21 August 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Power Dynamos v.   Benin, 13 October 2019

DF Stoppila Sunzu (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989 (age 31) 79 5   Shijiazhuang Ever Bright F.C. v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Isaac Shamujompa (1994-10-12) 12 October 1994 (age 26) 17 0   Buildcon v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Lawrence Chungu (1991-10-11) 11 October 1991 (age 29) 17 0   Zanaco v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Clement Mwape (1989-02-28) 28 February 1989 (age 31) 8 0   ZESCO United v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
DF Adrian Chama (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 31) 33 0   Green Buffaloes v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Simon Silwimba (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 28) 19 1   ZESCO United v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
DF Mwila Phiri (1994-08-29) 29 August 1994 (age 26) 11 1   ZESCO United v.   Benin, 13 October 2019

MF Larry Bwayla (1995-05-29) 29 May 1995 (age 25) 6 0   Power Dynamos v.   Malawi, 12 March 2020
MF Nathan Sinkala (1990-11-22) 22 November 1990 (age 29) 57 3   Stellenbosch v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Donashano Malama (1991-09-01) 1 September 1991 (age 29) 38 1   Black Leopards v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Salulani Phiri (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 26) 29 0   Polokwane City v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Augustine Mulenga (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 30) 28 5   Orlando Pirates v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Clatous Chama (1991-06-18) 18 June 1991 (age 29) 23 4   Simba v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Bruce Musakanya (1994-02-23) 23 February 1994 (age 26) 26 4   Red Arrows v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Enock Mwepu (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 22) 15 2   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
MF Paul Katema (1997-09-19) 19 September 1997 (age 23) 18 1   Red Arrows v.   Benin, 13 October 2019
MF Amity Shamende 0 0   Green Eagles v.   Benin, 13 October 2019

FW Justin Shonga (1996-11-05) 5 November 1996 (age 23) 27 13   Orlando Pirates v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Patson Daka (1998-10-09) 9 October 1998 (age 22) 23 3   Red Bull Salzburg v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Lazarous Kambole (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 26) 16 7   Kaizer Chiefs v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 2019
FW Mwape Musonda (1990-11-08) 8 November 1990 (age 29) 7 2   Hatta v.   Zimbabwe, 18 November 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

As of 25 November 2018[6]
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  3. ^ "History of Zambian National Team". fazfootball.com. Football Association of Zambia. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Zambia's remarkable journey makes them winners regardless". FourFourTwo. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "ZAMBIA PICKS 9 FOREIGN BASED PLAYERS". Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  6. ^ Jerry Muchimba and Roberto Mamrud. "Zambia – Record International Players". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 January 2016.

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